Special report from Superintendent Alan Reed:
“We’re in the final stages of getting all of our schools ready for students. Three of our schools—Adair County Middle, Adair Elementary and Col. Wm. Casey Elementary have already held successful and well attended open houses.
“I’ve observed some beautiful floors in our schools and would like to thank our custodial and maintenance staff for their hard work in making our schools very attractive.
“While it may appear to the some that teachers have long summers off, that is not the case. Teachers spend much of their summer receiving additional training on curriculum and new state testing and accountability standards. Our teachers have put in incredible hours this summer developing engaging lesson plans and activities for students, and preparing visually stimulating classrooms. For the past several weeks I’ve seen the school parking lots full of teacher’s vehicles. They’re a dedicated group.
“At ACHS we’ll be offering a “Work Ready” seal for our graduating seniors. We are listening to what employers are telling us and we want our students to demonstrate that they have the skills to be successful as they transition to work or to “grad