After 18 years of serving on the Adair County school board, Mike Harris has decided to resign from his position as detailed in a letter sent to superintendent Pam Stephens last week; the letter was read aloud during Dr. Stephens’ superintendent report given during the monthly meeting. Harris explained in his letter of resignation that he and his wife sold their home and they will no longer be living within the school district.
“We no longer own a house in my school district, and the location to which we are moving, it is not in my school district as well,” said Harris. “In light of those facts, I feel that it is time for me to bring my tenure as a school board member to a close.”
Dr. Stephens spoke briefly on what this would mean for the board for the rest of the 2017-18 school year.
“When things like this happen in the middle of a school year, a school board member must be appointed by the office of the Commissioner of Education,” said Stephens. “But in the Nov. general election, a new board member must be elected to serve the remaining two years of Mr. Harris’ term.”
Stephens went on to say she was sad to see Mr. Harris step down, but that she and the district understand his decision.
In other news, a school calendar revision was approved to allow for faculty and staff to participate in a two day Kentucky State Police active shooter simulation on the campuses of Adair County High School and Middle School.
“We are adjusting our calendar from 172 instructional days to 170,” said Stephens. “We are doing this to better train our staff by the chance that, God forbid, anything would happen; I’ve been through this in another district and this real simulation is very powerful. You’ll leave changed after going through it.”
The simulation will include sights and sounds that can occur during an active shooter situation and will help to train faculty and staff on what to do if a dangerous situation were to arise.
The change to the calendar will make May 23 the last day of school for students across the district. The KSP training for faculty and staff will take place May 24-25, while graduation will take place on the evening of the 25th.
All members of the board were present for the meeting with the exception of Mike Harris and Jonathan Gaskins.
By Adam Capps