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Adair School Board March meeting honors academics

By Linda Waggener

The March meeting of the Adair County School Board was called to order by Chair Lisa Burton who said, "we have a lot of special people to recognize tonight." And she was right, there were many recipients and much celebrating of accomplishments.



Jerry Dale Sneed, Veteran, was the first to be given special recognition at the meeting. He was awarded his high school diploma in honor of the service given to his country. His high school education had been interrupted when he went into service.

Recognition was then given students of ACHS, ACMS and ACES for outstanding academic achievements 2018-2019.

Academic Dean Phyllis Curry introduced the awards session, saying, "we have times to honor athletics and band and clubs, but this time tonight is just to shine the spotlight on students who excel in academics."

Jenna Claywell was the first student to be recognized for having won first place in the Kentucky State Braille Competition. Superintendent Pam Stephens presented the a Rising Star trophy and told Jenna how very proud everyone is of her. Jenna was invited to share a little about her experience.

Adair County High School award winning students and their Academic Team Coach Brett Reliford were given special recognition. Coach Reliford introduced Maddie Harmon, Elizabeth Rexroat, Christopher Stuchell, Trevor Smith, Amber Loy, Hayden Hancock, Keaton Coomer, Alex Godsey, and Christina Kessinger. He listed their accomplishments in tournament action and said, "they are, in every aspect, a top ten team in the state of Kentucky." Four of their team members were unable to attend the meeting due to conflicting events, but were listed in the program handed out and will receive their trophies.

Adair County Middle School award winning students were recognized along with Academic Team Coaches Mary Ann McQuaide and Vickie Liebeck-Owsley. Students included Alannah Bowman, Tristin Andrews, Trevir Andrews, Kyrnan Bowman, Joseph Kotter and Andrew Zinati. Several of their team members were also unable to attend the meeting due to conflicting school events, but were listed in the program and will receive their trophies.

Adair County Elementary School award winning students were also recognized along with Academic Team Coaches Lisa Newell-Hare and Jeana Pike. Students in attendance at the Board meeting included Addie Baker, Olivia Mantooth, Samantha Oliver, Callie Compton, Jolene Nuszbaum, Hailey Thomas, Hannah Kotter, Harli Polk, Jacob Bailey, Jay Whalen, Nia McNeiley, Bailey Coffey and Abby Kemp. Again, several were unable to attend the meeting due to conflicting school events, but they were listed in the program handed out and will receive their trophies.

After the students were honored for their accomplishments, Ms. Curry recognized the school system's newest National Board certified teachers, husband and wife team Matt and Carrie Willis. She said, "There are now 17 or 18 Adair teachers with this title - it's a decision each can make on their own and it's hard work when teachers choose to go for the certification. We recognize them as they get their certifications."

Dr. Stephens recognized Federal Programs Director Steve Turner for leading the grant process so that ACES will again receive the 21st Century funding.

School Resource Officers were recognized by Superintendent Stephens who said there is now an SRO at each of the four schools - Kevin Atwood, Charles Greer, Mark Harris and John Harris. She also introduced the fifth member of the team, the newest safety officer, Kanine Narcotic Specialist Annie the police dog, who can sniff out five different illegal substances.

Dr. Stephens thanked the Board for their support in getting the police dog to help even more in the commitment to keeping all the students safe in Adair County. The three-year-old Labrador Annie will live with Officer Atwood who has been trained to work with her and care for her. She is the second police dog in Adair County now, with the first being Gunner in the City Police Department.


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Annie, newest SRO, introduced at AC School Board meeting



2019-03-23 - Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com.
Annie, the newest member of the School Resource Officer (SRO) team in the Adair County Schools system, was introduced at the March meeting of the Board of Education. Officer Kevin Atwood, the first SRO, has been schooled to guide and keep Annie with him full time. The three-year-old Labrador is able to sniff out five illegal substances in the event any are brought into the school buildings. She also checked the Central Office when introduced. Annie is the second canine law official in Adair County, the other being Gunner in the Columbia City Police Department. When Gunner was introduced to the community, his keeper CPD Officer John Dial said, "When he is on the job it is not safe to make direct eye contact nor any sudden movements around the dog."

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Veteran Jerry Dale Sneed awarded high school diploma



2019-03-26 - Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com.
The March Adair County School Board meeting was a night for honors and Veteran Jerry Dale Sneed, was the first to be given special recognition. He was awarded his high school diploma in honor of the service given to his country. His high school education had been interrupted when he went into service. Superintendent Pam Stephens, left, and Board Chair Lisa Burton presented his diploma.

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Jenna Claywell honored for her statewide win



2019-03-26 - Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com.
Jenna Claywell, right, pictured with Talisa Moore, was the first to be recognized at the March School Board meeting with honors for having won first place in the Kentucky State Braille Competition. Superintendent Stephens presented the Rising Star trophy to Jenna and told her how very proud she has made everyone with this special state accomplishment.

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Matt and Keri Willis are National Board Certified teachers



2019-03-26 - Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com.
Academic Dean Phyllis Curry recognized the school system's newest National Board Certified teachers, husband and wife team Matt and Keri Willis. Curry said, "There are now 17 or 18 Adair teachers with this title - it's a decision each can make on their own and it's hard work when teachers choose to go for the certification. We recognize them as they get their certifications." The Willises each spoke for a moment about the experience and what it has done to help them as teachers.

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Coaches McQuaide and Liebeck-Owsley introducing ACMS



2019-03-26 - Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com.
Coaches Mary Ann McQuaide, left, and Vickie Liebeck-Owsley received recognition for their work with the Adair County Middle School Academic Team. Coaches spoke about their teams and then introduced the students.

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ACMS Academic Team members



2019-03-26 - Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com.
Adair County Middle School award winning Academic Team students were recognized along with their coaches. Pictured from right to left are: Alannah Bowman, Tristin Andrews, Trevir Andrews, Kyrnan Bowman, Joseph Kotter and Andrew Zinati. Several students were unable to attend the meeting due to conflicting school events, but were listed in the program and will receive their trophies.

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ACHS Academic Team a top ten team in Kentucky



2019-03-26 - Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com.
Adair County High School award winning students and their Academic Team Coach Brett Reliford were given special recognition (clicking the link takes you to the news release of their accomplishments) at the March School Board meeting. Pictured from right to left are: Maddie Harmon, Elizabeth Rexroat, Christopher Stuchell, Trevor Smith, Amber Loy, Hayden Hancock, Keaton Coomer, Alex Godsey, and Christina Kessinger. Coach Reliford listed their accomplishments in tournament action and said, "they are, in every aspect, a top ten team in the state of Kentucky." Four team members were unable to attend the meeting but were listed in the program and will receive their trophies.

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ACES Academic Team and coaches honored at Board meeting



2019-03-28 - Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com.
Adair County Elementary School award winning Academic Team students were also recognized along with Coaches Lisa Newell-Hare and Jeana Pike. Students pictured from right to left are: Addie Baker, Olivia Mantooth, Samantha Oliver, Callie Compton, Jolene Nuszbaum, Hailey Thomas, Hannah Kotter, Harli Polk, Jacob Bailey, Jay Whalen, Nia McNeiley, Bailey Coffey and Abby Kemp. (Several were unable to attend the meeting due to conflicting school events but were listed in the program and will receive their trophies.)

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School Board recognizes newest safety officer, Annie



2019-03-28 - Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com.
Superintendent Pamela Stephens announced at the March School Board meeting that there is now an SRO at each of the four schools - Kevin Atwood, Charles Greer, Mark Harris and the newest, John Harris. She also introduced the fifth member of the team, the newest safety officer, Canine Narcotic Specialist Annie the police dog, who can sniff out five different illegal substances. Stephens thanked the Board for their support in getting the police dog to add even more weight to the commitment of keeping every student safe in Adair County schools. The three-year-old Labrador Annie will live with Officer Atwood who holds her leash in this picture. He is trained to work with and care for her.

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At the March School Board meeting



2019-03-31 - Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com.
Anita Goode, Special Education Director in Adair County public schools, was granted permission to bring her little dog Jeb to the March meeting of the Board of Education. She said Jeb had his photo made a year ago at a meeting when he was a puppy. He is about a year and a half old now. Jeb was not the only dog in attendance, the other one was the new canine unit, Annie, who is part of the SRO team.

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