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Superintendent Alan Reed announces retirement

Some were aware that it might happen, but many in attendance were surprised when Alan Reed read the following announcement of his pending retirement at tonight's board meeting.

From: Alan Reed, Superintendent
Re: Notice of Retirement
Date: November 17, 2016

It has been my pleasure to work with you and serve the students in Adair County as Superintendent of the Adair County Board of Education since June of 2012.

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. I have decided it is time for me to retire from my career as an educator and hereby give notice that my retirement will be effective December 31, 2016.

During my tenure our team, consisting of Board Members, central office leaders, principals, teachers, support staff and others have seen many accomplishments. Below is a small sampling:

  • Every school in the district received Proficient and High Progress on state tests.

  • Shifted direction to the academy concept at ACHS to allow every student to become College or Career Ready in his/her own interest area. Welding, Aerospace, Nursing, EMT, JROTC are just a few of the new certified areas.

  • One of only 22 Kentucky districts that secured millions of dollars to implement Race to the Top.

  • Secured grant funds to build a state of the art welding center and erect a satellite campus with the Lake Cumberland Area Technology Center costing our district only pennies on the dollar.

  • Currently in second round of competition to receive 4.7 million dollars from the Work Force Cabinet to help build a new Community Learning and Technical Center for both our students and adults. The emphasis is Industrial Maintenance Technology.

  • Formed Indian University with nine (9) colleges and universities so that high school students graduate with up to two (2) years college credit under their belts and saving parents tens of thousands of dollars.

  • Formation of personalized learning teams and Focus Teams in each school to ensure continuous improvement.

  • Received statewide notoriety for financial efficiency.

  • Zero dropouts for the past 3 years.

  • Cleaned-up and fixed-up our buildings and grounds to instill pride and to help our community attract business and grow our population base.

  • Improved student health through the establishment of full service clinics in each school serving both students and faculty.
Thank you for the opportunity to serve the children of Adair County. Together we have made significant progress in the last four and a half years and I only wish the best for the Adair County School District in the future.

--Alan W. Reed, Superintendent
November 17, 2016

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Twilight of a era? Or will schools continue winning vector?

2016-11-19 - Adair County Board of Education Conference Room, 1204 Greensburg Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener, (c).
The Community got the stunning news Thursday evening here, about an hour after this photo was taken, that Supt. Alan Reed would retire December 31, 2016. In his brief tenure as Superintendent, he did as much as any other Adair Countian ever, to advance the educational and maybe more importantly, the economic position of all facets of the local economy - education, itself, manufacturing, agriculture, tourism, health and other facets - of the county, and it was all done in the face of shrinking financial support for public schools in Adair County and across the state. Now there is an uncertainty about the future of those Adair County School District gains, and with it, an uncertainty about the very future of Adair County. Local leaders are hoping for the best. Clicking Read More accesses the text of Mr. Reed's letter announcing retirement. - EW.
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