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Monday, May 01, 2006

Survey: Consolidation of School Districts in Sullivan County

Jeff, could you please forward this to your community distribution list?  Thanks.

As part of a Leadership Kingsport Community Impact Project, my team is preparing a report highlighting the issues regarding a consolidation of the three Sullivan County School Districts (County, Kingsport and Bristol).  As part of that project, we would like to collect community input on this issue and better understand the community's perception of how taxes, salaries, facilities and programs would be impacted. Please note that we are reporting on the advantages, disadvantages and community's interest in consolidation but are not taking a position that the three school districts should or should not consolidate.

This is not a scientific survey (e.g. controlled participation). However, we ask that anyone who participates do so only once and that he or she answers the complete survey. There are only ten questions which should not take more than five minutes to complete. Thank you.

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Peter Roueche
Leadership Kingsport, Class of 2006

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