Ready? Set? Go! R-III gears up for another great year

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By MICHELE BURRIS

Dr. Kirk Eidson and the Adrian R-III District are preparing for the first day of school on August 20. So what’s new? The installation of a web-based system is underway.

R-III is participating in the School Improvement Initiative, which is a three-year commitment with the Professional Learning communities. The initiative is designed to identify optimal learning.

The district has re-structured by moving the sixth grade to junior high. A preschool program with a maximum enrollment of 15 children has been added to the district.

Building changes have also taken place during the summer. Rooftop units have been replaced. The high school/east gym floor has been sanded, stripped and re-painted. New sealer now covers the student parking lot. One modular building is gone from the school’s property, and the other one has been converted for the preschoolers. The special education classrooms have been moved to the first floor of the old high school, and the Parents as Teacher program has moved as well.

At the sports complex, the all-weather surface has been poured for the new track. The surface is polyurethane material and must fully cure before it can be painted. If it cures in time, the district’s goal is to have it ready to go by the Jamboree.

The random drug testing approved by the R-III School Board will begin when school starts.

Dr. Eidson is pleased with the district’s progress, and is thankful to be a part of this community. “I have enjoyed my first year as superintendent in the Adrian R-III School District. All staff have moved forward to help all of our kids achieve the highest learning possible. I am impressed with the commitment of the staff, parents and the community.”

The school is ready, and it’s time to go, Blackhawks!