The Pike County Schools District Board of Education ranked Superintendent Reed Adkins as “exemplary” during its meeting on Thursday.

The board decided on the ranking for the superintendent during an executive session near the start of the meeting.

Each of the board members completed their own evaluation of Adkins, and they voted on a combined evaluation of Adkins based on their separate evaluations. Before adjourning the meeting, the board announced that Adkins received “exemplary,” which declares that the superintendent has exceeded the standards of his position.

Board Chairman Ireland Blankenship touted the progress that Adkins has helped make for the Pike County Schools District.

“I would like to commend Superintendent Adkins on another successful school year,” Blankenship said. “Clearly, we have high expectations for the superintendent of the Pike County school system, and Mr. Adkins has met and exceeded our expectations in all areas.”

During his comments on the superintendent evaluation, Dwayne Abshire, Dist. 3 board member, expressed his pride for the leadership of the Pike County Schools District.

“As I’ve always said, if you guys got a system as big as ours, everything isn’t going to be perfect,” Abshire said. “That’s just the way it is. There’s bumps in the road sometimes. I’m real proud of the work you all have done leading this school system.”

Nee Jackson, Dist. 4 board member, said although the superintendent has exceeded his expectations, his work could not be done without the school district’s employees that work with him.

“That one individual that’s the leader or the head of an organization is only as good as the people they put around them,” Jackson said. “I think Mr. Adkins does an excellent job in communicating what he wants to get done to his staff. I think things are vastly improving, and I look forward to the future.”

At the end of each year, the superintendent is evaluated by the board based on a superintendent leadership plan. The plan is meant to determine if and how a superintendent has been effective during the past academic year. Green could have received one of four different rankings from the board, with “exemplary” being the highest rank from the evaluation, followed by “accomplished,” “developing” and “growth required.”

Adkins gave his remarks on the evaluation results, expressing his gratitude.

“It is a team effort,” Adkins said. “This is our entire school district being exemplary, and I appreciate that, so thank you.”

The board also approved the resignation of former Dist. 2 board member Justin Maynard, who announced his resignation during the board’s June meeting. Maynard served on the board for more than six years.

The board has put out a notice to fill its vacancy. Applications are available at the Pike County Schools District Board of Education or online at, The deadline for applications is 4:30 p.m., July 23.

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