Adkins to discuss roadwork on Viking Drive

By NICOLE SMITH, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 4/16/16

Soon, Walker County Schools Superintendent Dr. Jason Adkins will be in discussions regarding the upcoming road improvements to Viking Drive in Jasper.

Adkins will converse with the City of Jasper and the Jasper City Schools Board of Education as …

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Adkins to discuss roadwork on Viking Drive

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Soon, Walker County Schools Superintendent Dr. Jason Adkins will be in discussions regarding the upcoming road improvements to Viking Drive in Jasper.

Adkins will converse with the City of Jasper and the Jasper City Schools Board of Education as to how the work will affect the Walker County Center of Technology, particularly regarding a right of way leading into the school campus on Viking Drive.

“There’s soon to be a tremendous traffic load on Viking Drive around the Center of Technology,” Adkins said, adding that with the road set to be widened, he wants to understand how the new road design will affect traffic leading in and out of the WCCT.

The roadwork is set to begin in August or September, in preparation for an increase in traffic volume when the new Walker High School opens in January 2017.

The new Viking Drive is said to improve traffic flow for T.R. Simmons Elementary, WCCT and the new high school, all located along the busy stretch of road.

In other business, the board:

•approved proposed policies and procedures for the Hope/Twilight Knight School programs.

“There was a lot of contention over methodology and how you do particular courses. ... We have refined that,” Adkins said. “All these courses are to be taken in their entirety, and no abbreviated coursework will be allowed unless it is approved by the board.”

•approved to seek a release in federal interest for a portable Head Start unit at Curry Elementary School, ahead of school improvements set to begin in June.

Adkins said the board would like to use the portable unit elsewhere.

•heard a report from Adkins regarding the strengths of high schools in the county, regarding each school’s physical buildings and the land surrounding them. Adkins also discussed areas of improvement and upcoming summer construction projects at each school. Look for a feature on Adkins’ report in an upcoming edition of the Daily Mountain Eagle.

•approved the 2016-17 school calendar.

•approved Valley Jr. High, Carbon Hill High and Cordova High schools as summer school sites.

•approved a science textbook adoption.