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Published: September 15, 2020


THE LAWRENCE COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION MET IN REGULAR SESSION THURSDAY EVENING. THE FIRST ITEM ON THE AGENDA WAS THE NAMING OF MICHAEL ADKINS AS DIRECTOR OF THE LAWRENCE COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM WHICH WAS VOTED ON UNANIMOUSLY. KEVIN CARUSO WAS ELECTED AS CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD AND ROYCE NEIDERT WAS ELECTED AS VICE. ADKINS REPORTED TO THE BOARD THAT CURRENTLY THERE ARE 6554 STUDENTS ENROLLED IN LAWRENCE COUNTY SYSTEM. HE ADVISED THEY ARE BEGIN THE PHASED IN APPROACH TO 4 DAYS A WEEK AND ON MONDAY, THE FIRST DAY WENT VERY WELL AND THEY ARE VERY PLEASED WITH THE RESPONSE. THE HIGHER GRADES WILL BEGIN NEXT WEEK ON MONDAY. ADKINS ALSO ALERTED BOARD MEMBERS THAT HE HAS INSTRUCTED PRINCIPALS TO COMMUNICATE WITH PARENTS AND STUDENTS IN REMOTE LEARNING THAT THEY MUST MAINTAIN A 77 PERCENT OR C AVERAGE TO CONTINUE IN THE REMOTE MODEL. IF THE STUDENT DOES NOT DEMONSTRATE AN EFFORT IN DOING SO THEY WILL BE MOVED BACK INTO IN PERSON LEARNING. HE INDICATED THERE ARE A NUMBER OF STUDENTS NOT ONLY IN THE LOCAL DISTRICT BUT IN DISTRICTS ACROSS THE STATE THAT ARE NOT PERFORMING WELL UNDER THE REMOTE MODEL.