Adair County Superintendent Darrell Treece announced his retirement at the school board meeting last week after serving nine years in the Adair County School District.
Treece spent 41 years in education in Tennessee and Kentucky. He first came to Adair County as superintendent in July 2003.
“I have been looking at my options for two years now,” Treece said. “At the top of my list is retirement. However, I am not ready to just sit in a rocker on my front porch.”
Treece said he isn’t sure if he will retire and work at something different altogether or if he will look at other opportunities in education where he can still put his years of experience to use.
“It is good to be at a point in my career where I have several choices,” Treece said.
Treece thanked the board for giving him the opportunity to lead the district and for their support.
“I want to thank all of my school family for all of their hard work, dedication, support and prayers,” Treece said.
“It is my hope that the Adair County schools enjoy continued success and have even greater accomplishments,” he continued.
Treece’s term will end on June 30 when his contract is concluded.
SEARCH FOR A NEW SUPERINTENDENT
The board voted to begin searching for a new superintendent. Mike Harris was nominated to serve as the school board representative on the search committee.
Harris has 30 days to get the committee together, according to Treece. Other representatives on the committee will include board attorney Jeff Hoover, teachers, PTA representatives, a classified employee and a school principal.
When asked if the community would get a chance to attend a public forum and be involved in the search, Treece said it would be up to the search committee to decide.
Once the committee is formed they will post the job position. After applications have been accepted the board will then choose applicants to present to the school board. After that, the decision will be up to board members.
• Personnel action includes employment of Marty Irvin, sub bus driver; Sarah Durbin, Beth Bailey, Pam Bailey, Hannah Peck and Jasmine Hammond, sub teachers; Terica Derringer, bus monitor; James Leib, sub instructional assistant/custodian; Deborah Bryant, sub secretary, instructional assistant and cook; Dorthy Bailey, sub secretary and cook; and Sierra Bomar, sub secretary, instructional assistant and cook.
Resignations include Mike Scott as assistant baseball coach at ACHS and Diana Hernandez as migrant recruiter for the school district.
• The school updated its emergency management plan, which called for an update on board procedure 09.22AP. It was revised to provide better guidance and assessment screening documents for school personnel to use in evaluating students that have risk behaviors or pose concerns to themselves or others. A threat assessment committee is in place to address safety concerns.
• The board brought up the discussion of possible redistricting of the school board districts. Attorney Jeff Hoover wanted to check on some information before the board continued the discussion, so the topic was tabled.
• The board heard a review for the design development for the new elementary school and a status report on the recognition of the Kentucky Energy Efficiency program for schools.
All board members were present at the meeting. Board members are Mike Harris, Marsha Walker, Floyd Burton, Joseph Payne and Rebecca Turner.
The Adair County School Board meets the third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the central office.
By Allison Hollon