Bristol Tennessee Board of Education

Thank you Bristol Tennessee Board of Education
for your support in making students college and career ready!

BTCS Board of Education

Left to right: Nelson Pyle, Derek Linkous, Jill Harrison, Gary Lilly, Dave Welch, and Jim Butcher.


Click here to view agendas, meeting minutes, and other BOE documentation.

Board Meetings are televised on BTN-TV:

1st Week of the monthThursday 2 p.m.

2nd week of the month – Wednesday 3 p.m.

3rd week of the monthWednesday 7 p.m.

4th week of the monthTuesday 9 a.m.



The Bristol Tennessee Board of Education is composed of five members, who are residents of the city and are elected by the citizens during general elections to serve a 4-year term.

Three BOE members represent specific districts within the city (East, South, and West) and two are elected at-large to represent the entire city.

The Board of Education is responsible for establishing goals and adopting policies for the effective operation of the school system. The board appoints a director of schools to oversee the operation of the school system in accordance with the educational goals and policies it establishes.

 BTCS Board of Education

Pictured L to R:  (Top row) Nelson Pyle, vice-chair; Derek Linkous; Gary Lilly, director of schools;

Dave Welch, secretary; Jim Butcher

(Seated) Jill Harrison, Board of Education chair


The board focuses on three major areas: policy development, advocacy for board policies, and accountability for district goals.

The district's strategic plan is a working document used to guide and reinforce the mission and goals of Bristol Tennessee City Schools. It is continuously reviewed, evaluated, discussed, updated, and endorsed by the Board of Education. The board also reviews the yearly performance of the director of schools.

Approval of the budget is a major function of the board. Members support the hiring of teachers, administrators, and support staff who are responsible for educating the students.

As public officials, individuals who serve on the board are active and visible members of the community. However, the board acts officially only as a group. It is committed to openness and candor in every aspect of its business and encourages citizen participation during regular meetings.


Regular meetings of the Board of Education are held on the third Monday of each month at 6 p.m. (unless otherwise noted) in Room 100 of the Administration Building, 615 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. All meeting notices are available via Bristol Tennessee City Schools website. All meetings are open to the public. Public notice of all meetings must be given at least 48 hours in advance. Anyone needing special accommodations to attend and/or participate in board session should call (423) 652-9451.

Special meetings are held from time to time for official action on specific topics. No business shall be transacted except that for which the meeting is called.


The Bristol Tennessee City School System does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age.

Bristol Tennessee City Schools is in the process of reviewing its website to ensure compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you have questions or concerns regarding the accessibility of the website or if you are unable to access information on the website, you may email or call the Technology Department at (423) 652-9363.