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Friday, August 12, 2011

Search Begins for New Kingsport School Superintendent

KINGSPORT – In a communication to faculty and staff today, Dr. Richard Kitzmiller announced that he will be retiring as Superintendent of Kingsport City Schools effective December 30, 2011.

Kitzmiller has served as the Superintendent of Kingsport City Schools since September 2002. In his notice to KCS staff, Kitzmiller stated, “I anticipate retiring with a confidence in our school system. We will continue to meet our mission. We have a great staff in place and are doing the right things to improve the lives of our students. We receive guidance and leadership from a great board of education. We have supportive and appreciative relationships with our parents and the Kingsport community.”

A native of Sullivan County, he received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Kitzmiller was a teacher in Ohio and Knox County, TN Schools prior to returning to Kingsport to teach in 1978. He served as a math teacher and coach at Ross N. Robinson Middle School and served as an assistant coach under Buck Van Huss with the Dobyns-Bennett High School's freshmen basketball program. In 1988, Dr. Kitzmiller was named Kingsport City School's staff development coordinator, where he helped develop and initiate the system's first staff development program.

Prior to serving as superintendent, Dr. Kitzmiller worked in a variety of system-wide and central office positions, most recently serving as Director of Accountability and Student Services. In May of 2001, he received his Doctorate of Education degree from East Tennessee State University. Dr. Kitzmiller currently serves on the Tennessee BEP Review Committee, the Tennessee Organization of School Superintendents (TOSS) Board of Directors, and was named the 2011 Tennessee Superintendent of the Year.