County students return to school

By NICOLE SMITH
Posted 8/15/17

Daily Mountain Eagle

Students enrolled in Walker County Schools returned to school on Monday, and many were met with new additions and improvements to their learning environment.

According to Superintendent Dr. Jason Adkins, the first day back …

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County students return to school

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Daily Mountain Eagle

Students enrolled in Walker County Schools returned to school on Monday, and many were met with new additions and improvements to their learning environment.

According to Superintendent Dr. Jason Adkins, the first day back to school was calm for students.

“It’s always good to know that the first day of school was safe and orderly,” Adkins said. “This year was unusually smooth. ... We’re very appreciative of the efforts of all principals and teachers in the school system, and the parents as well.”

Valley Jr. High School students returned to a newly painted school building interior, which Principal Jody Harrison said was painted over the summer by Valley teachers. Valley Assistant Principal Farrah Brown added that the first school day was a success, and students will soon be able to enjoy a new addition to the school that will house classrooms and a new science lab.

Oakman High School students enjoyed their new lunchroom on Monday, and Curry Elementary/Middle schools’ students will soon have new classrooms at their school to utilize. Adkins said the new classrooms on the Curry campus didn’t pass inspection, but will be inspected again Wednesday, where the building should be cleared for students to occupy.

Other schools across the county had upgrades over the summer, and each high school will eventually receive a multi-purpose facility.

As the school year gets underway, Adkins said the school system will emphasize improving math scores and will work harder to prepare students to take the ACT.

“We are going to formulate a focused plan for improving our math scores system-wide. You always focus on math and reading, especially at the younger level,” he said. “Our math scores at the elementary level have come up in a lot of cases, but we really want to be able to perform a little better on the ACT test because it helps students get scholarships and it indicates that they’re prepared for college. “Those students that test at a competency level on all components of that test don’t have to take remedial courses once they get to college. They can pass those initial requirements. We would like to lessen the number of our students that have to be remediated at the community college and four-year college level.”