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Adair County School Board Meeting, 17 Nov 2016 REPORT

Superintendent Reed announces retirement. Superintendent's tenure marked by vast improvements, accomplishments
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By Wes Feese
Media Relations, Adair County Schools

The biggest news at and 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, December 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.

Mr. 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."

Troy 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's representative.

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Alan Reed announces retirement

2016-11-17 - Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener. Superintendent Alan Reed announced his pending retirement in a prepared statement at tonight's school board meeting.
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ACES wins top attendance banner for 2015

2016-11-17 - Adair County Board of Education Conference Room, 1204 Greensburg Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener, (c).
Adair County Elementary School (ACES) Principal Steve Burton, Dean of Students Robbie Harmon, and ACES Assistant Principal Sommer Blair hold the attendance banner awarded their school as the highest attendance winners in the District for the 2015-2016 school year, with a 95.79% attendance. Principal Burton holds a plaque he received; a similar one was given to Sommer Blair. The presentation was made during the Thursday, November 17, 2016, regular meeting of the Adair County School Board. - EW

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Chairman Floyd Burton, Supt. Alan Reed at 17 Nov 2016 meeting

2016-11-18 - Adair County Board of Education Conference Room, 1204 Greensburg Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener, (c).
The community is still reeling from the bombshell announcement at last night's Adair County School Board when Superintendent Alan Reed announced his retirement effective December 31, 2016. While most of the school staff and teachers were aware it was likely to happen, for many in the audience, press corps, and general public were caught completely off guard. With him, right, above, is Board Chairman Floyd Burton, who has been a stalwart supporter of the programs Supt. Reed used to get results, helping students formerly left behind find a place in the school and graduate ready to go to college and/or have a good paying career, and significantly lower the cost of getting a college education along with it. Mr. Burton was defeated in his bid for re-election. - Ed Waggener

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David Jones reports on improvements with $20,000 + savings

2016-11-18 - Adair County Board of Education Conference Room, 1204 Greensburg Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener, (c).
Director of Transportation & Maintenance David Jones gave a brief report at last night's meeting of the Adair County School Board, after the bombshell announcement that Superintendent Alan W. Reed would resign effective December 31, 2016. The report was highly significant, and included another aesthetic and practical innovation at the schools. He said that Barney Taylor's welding class had built, and the Ag Department had painted, new dumpsters which will replace rented ones at a projected cost savings over the life of the dumpsters of over $20,000. - Ed Waggener

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New signage up at new Adair County Transportation Compound

2016-11-18 - Adair Transportation Complex, Col. Casey Drive, Columbia, KY - Photo Adair County Schools photo (c).
Adair County School District Campus got another new sign, Director of Transportation and Maintenance David Jones announced at the November 17, 2016 Adair County School Board Meeting.

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Handiwork of Barney Taylor's ACHS welders, Ag Dept. painters

2016-11-19 - Adair County High School, 526 Indian Drive, Columbia, KY - Photo by David Jones, Adair County School District.
David Jones, Adair County School District, featured an in-house, student/teacher, Ag & Welding department fabrication collaboration which resulted in all shiny new dumpsters for the Adair County School District campus. The District supplied the materials, which were fabricated by Barney Taylor's Welding classes, and were then painted by the Adair County High School Agriculture Students. When the new dumpsters are put in place around the campus, they will not only be more attractive, but are projected by Mr. Jones to save the district a net of some $20,000 over the expected lifetime of the containers. - EW. (Clicking Read More accesses Report of School Board meeting 17 Nov 2016, by Wes Feese, Adair County Media Relations)

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