The biggest news at an otherwise short and uneventful Adair County School Board meeting Thursday night was the announcement from Supt. Alan Reed that he will retire at the end of the current year, Dec. 31, 2016.
Reed thanked the board and his employees for their cooperation since he took over the district more than four years ago. “Our team has seen incredible accomplishments,” Reed said. He added that he had been considering retirement for a while, and urged the new leadership to continue moving the district forward.
Reed then read a letter he had prepared for the announcement. “It has been my pleasure to work with you to serve the students in Adair County as superintendent of the Adair County Board of Education since June of 2012,” Reed said. “The Adair County School District is performing at the highest levels in its history with an array of opportunities for students that never existed before.”
A small sampling of the district’s many accomplishments under Reed’s leadership includes:
*Every school earning the proficient/high progress designation on state tests for the first time ever.
*Moving to an academy concept at ACHS to allow all students to become College and/or Career Ready in their areas of interest. These pathways include welding, aerospace, nursing, EMT, JROTC, and many others.
*Being one of only 22 districts in the state to secure millions of dollars to implement Race to the Top.
*Using grants to build a state of the art welding center and erect a satellite campus with the Lake Cumberland Area Technology Center.
*Working toward obtaining $4.7 million from the Work Force Cabinet to help build a new Community Learning and Technical Center for both students and adults.
*Forming Indian University, a partnership with nine colleges and universities to ensure that high school students graduate with up to two years of college credit, saving parents tens of thousands of dollars in tuition costs.
*Forming personalized learning teams and focus teams in each school to promote continuous improvement.
*Receiving statewide notoriety for financial efficiency.
*Zero dropouts over the past three years.
*Revitalizing the physical campus to instill pride and to help the community attract business and grow the population base.
*Improving student health through the establishment of Healthy Kids Clinics in each school, serving both students and faculty.
Board Chairman Floyd Burton thanked Reed for his service and dedication to the job before moving on to the rest of the night’s business.
ACES RECOGNIZED AS ATTENDANCE WINNERS
Director of Pupil Personnel Robbie Harmon presented Adair County Elementary School Principal Steve Burton and Vice Principal Sommer Brown with a banner recognizing ACES as the school with highest attendance for the 2015-2016 school year.
MARTIN THANKS DISTRICT FOR COOPERATION DURING DIFFICULT TIMES
David Martin, owner of Grissom-Martin Funeral Home, spoke during public comments and thanked the district for their cooperation and understanding during the recent tragedy that took the lives of three Adair County students.
“I just wanted to publicly say ‘thank you,’” Martin said, adding that the district had allowed the use of its gymnasiums three times for funerals in 2016. “The kindness and courtesy and excellence displayed was amazing. I hope we don’t ever have to do it again.”
YOUNG URGES NEW BOARD TO CONTINUE MOVING FORWARD
Following the announcement of Reed’s retirement, and just a few weeks away from two new board members joining on to help lead the district, Adair County High School Principal Troy Young spoke during public comments about the need to continue with the progress that has already taken place.
“It’s a thankless job you deal with on a daily basis,” Young said. “The challenge for the new school board is to continue to grow and move us forward.” Young thanked all five sitting board members—Mike Harris, Quinn Lasley, Floyd Burton, Lisa Burton, and Terry Harvey—for their work over the past years to continuously strive for the best.
All board members were present for the meeting, as was Daniel Adams, who was recently elected to replace Lasley as District 2 representative.