I am honored to lead our district and excited to be a part of a team effort whose goal is to improve the academic performance of the students in our system.
In spite of tight budgets we have been able to make significant changes that are both fiscally responsible and best for students. In our recent school configuration, we will close two schools John Adair Intermediate and Col. William Casey Elementary, identified by the state as the #1 and #8 worst school facilities in Kentucky. With the completion of the new Adair County Primary Center, now under construction and slated to open in August of 2013, and by shifting some grades around, all of our student body will be housed in new or recently renovated facilities.
Additionally, taxpayers seem to be pleased that we will see savings estimated at $500,000 a year beginning next school year. On top of those savings, we avoid having to spend another $15-17 million dollars to replace John Adair. Local media and the Kentucky Department of Education have complimented us for being “forward thinking” and for making “bold moves”.
We are forging exciting partnerships. Perhaps the best example is the “Satellite Campus in Health Sciences” at Adair County High School, in partnership with the Lake Cumberland Area Technology Center. While the standards for admission will be rigorous, students will be able to graduate with industry certificates in Pharmacy Tech, Medicaid Nurse Aide, Nursing Assistant and a multitude of federal “O-net” certificates. The new program, if approved, will help us considerably in our efforts to get students “Work Ready”.
We are also teaming with Lindsey Wilson College, Campbellsville University, and Somerset Community College/Kentucky Tech in order for ACHS students to earn simultaneous high school and college credit in a variety of courses. With proper planning and dedication to hard work, it is possible for our students to leave high school with a year of college under their belt.
Our school district is actively pursuing the Army jROTC program. Our community and students want and deserve this opportunity for our students. The board voted in August to match Department of Defense funds to plant this new Jr. ROTC unit.
Adair Countians have a vested interest in the quality of our school system. No matter if you’re a parent, teacher, grandparent, business owner, taxpayer, or student---you have a stake in this system. We encourage you to attend school board meetings and become involved. We will listen to anyone who has ideas to improve student achievement in our school district.
We will continue to keep the citizens of Adair County informed through the local media on a regular basis. I'll be looking for every opportunity to build relationships and to form more partnerships. I don't have all the answers, but I can assure you I will take the time to listen.
My top priority will always be keeping us focused on the quality of our schools and the needs of all of our students. Our obligation is making sure that Adair students have the tools necessary to secure their own place in a rapidly changing world.
Columbia is the best community in Kentucky! I love our school system and want to see all of us keep one goal in mind---preparing our bright students for a successful future.