Adkins receives positive evaluation from state BOE
by James Phillips
Jun 15, 2012 | 1280 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Even school board superintendents receive report cards. Walker County Board of Education Superintendent Jason Adkins got his grades Thursday during the BOE’s regulary scheduled monthly meeting. Neil Hyche, who has evaluated superintendents for the Alabama Department of Education for years, said Adkins scored “extremely high.”

The evaluations administered by Hyche were to measure Adkins’ management skills and included questionnaires given to school board members and school administrators. Adkins scored a 3.9 out of 4 on each of the questionnaires.

“To see both scores equally high is unusual,” Hyche said. “Normally the board and the administrators won’t have the same opinion of a superintendent. This is pretty indicative of the single-vision, positive approach here in the Walker County Schools.”

Adkins joked with Hyche by asking where he should send the check for the positive evaluation. He also thanked the 81-year-old Hyche, who is stepping down as an evaluator, for his years of evaluating the Walker County School System.

“Thank you for the years of coming up here and doing this for us,” Adkins said. “We are going to be missing you.”

Adkins gave credit for the positive evaluation to board members and employees of the Walker County Board of Education.

“This is a result of our board working together, our administrators buying into the things we are asking them to do and the teachers doing an outstanding job in the classroom,” Adkins said.

In other action from the meeting:

•Board members officially approved Johnny Wright as Dora High School’s new football coach. The hiring passed with Sonia Wade, Mike Raines and Brad Ingle voting “yes,” while Brenda Drummond and Dale Reeves voted “no.”

•EPA Energy Star awards were given to Cordova Elementary, Valley Junior High, Oakman High, T.S. Boyd Elementary, Parrish Elementary, Sipsey Elementary and Dora High. To win the award, schools had to use 35 percent less energy than similar sized buildings across the nation, Adkins said.

•The board approved school lunch prices for the 2012-2013 school year. Lunches for elmentary students will rise to $2.15, high school students will pay $2.10 and teachers and employees will pay $3.

•A trip for Curry High cheerleaders to attend cheer camp at Auburn University on June 20 was approved.

•Board members approved adding Camp Mitnick Program Administration into the county school system.