As we near the end of (non-traditional instruction) NTI and the school year, I wish to pause to focus a bit on the positives of the past two months. Little did we know that when we began discussion about NTI, this would be how we concluded the school year. Certainly, challenges arose and our lives are different today than they were a few short weeks ago. However, Lyon County proved once again that we will pull together and rise above the challenges that come our way.

This week is teacher appreciation week. I am always grateful for the commitment and care that our staff members provide our students. Over the past few weeks they have shifted their professional craft to literally “zoom” through the school year. The partnership with parents, supporting the learning of their children, continues to be impressive. Parental involvement has taken new meaning and even greater importance. While you can find examples where others across the state and nation threw in the towel on this school year, that is not the case in Lyon County. Instead of focusing on what we couldn’t do, our focus was on what we could do to make a difference for our students. I am proud of Our Pride for making the most of NTI.

Friday is a busy day at our schools. In addition to the normal meal program, we will collect materials, textbooks, Chromebooks, etc. Traffic flow the past two weeks worked well entering and exiting from Jenkins Road. We will continue with that but will include specific locations for high school and middle school Chromebook returns. We will have staff members and signs to help guide you through. The two off-site locations at Dollar General (Exit 45) and Lake Barkley Crossfit are available for meals and material return. We will begin Friday at 11:30.

One final note to share. Mr. Jim Bannister has submitted his resignation from the Lyon County Board of Education. Mr. Bannister served educational district #3. The Board is seeking to appoint a replacement for the remainder of his term, ending Dec. 31, 2020. If an individual is interested in seeking the appointment, please reach out to me or a current Board of Education member for more details. The vacancy is advertised in today's edition of the Herald Ledger. I wish to publicly say thank you to Mr. Bannister. Mr. Bannister always wanted what is best for the students of Lyon County. Of course, Mr. Bannister was a part of the Board of Education that hired me to be your superintendent. I am grateful for his service and friendship.

As we conclude this school year, it is always fun to look back on the year. Lyon County Schools continues to focus on the success of our students. From guided reading in K-2, to Google Classroom in multiple grades, to success in athletics, leadership development, and much, much more, the 2019-20 school year had way more ups than downs. While we all agree the year is ending on a much different note than any of us ever imagined, we still have much to celebrate. Thank you again for your continued support of Lyon County Schools. Our Pride working together, leads to Our Success.