What a wonderful fall week we’ve just finished. The only improvement might be 2-3 inches of rain!! (Some might desperately need more.)
Last week began with two days of Education Committee meetings. Monday was an especially informative one. On that day committee members in attendance traveled to Cabot, Arkansas, to see a new program functioning exceptionally well there. We were fortunate enough to visit their entire 7-12 programs and quite impressed with every aspect of their programs. However, a main goal was to observe their new “Cabot Freshman Academy”, a separate campus for ninth-graders to ease them into their transition to high school and their newfound maturity more successfully. Their subjects are a broad mixture of academic coursework and work skills classes to give students more opportunities to look at many different career choices. The day was a great opportunity to see such a differently structured setting. The student body was so well-behaved and seemed quite involved in their classes. Even their cafeterias seemed new and creative in their organizations.
We were all so impressed with the rather large district (@10,000 students – Pre-K through 12). I was especially proud of their energetic, innovative district superintendent, Monticello’s own Tony Thurman, now officially known as Dr. Thurman. Tony is doing a fantastic job and is a fine young man and a great credit to all, especially himself! We had a great visit. Both Monticello (his hometown) and Crossett have (coaching) ties to Dr. Thurman and he is “doing us proud”. (more…)