Ballard County Schools to close for superintendent's funeral

Ed Adami (Courtesy: Ballard County School District)
Ed Adami (Courtesy: Ballard County School District)

BALLARD COUNTY, KY (KFVS) - Ballard County Schools will be closed on Monday, November 28, out of respect for late superintendent Ed Adami, according to Julie A. Thomas, Community Education & Public Relations Director for Ballard County Schools.

Mr. Adami died Friday morning at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He had been superintendent since 2004.

According to a press release from the Ballard County Schools, he received his professional certification at Murray State University, and both his bachelor's and master's degrees at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Mo. He was a graduate of Fox High School in Arnold, Mo.

He began his teaching career in 1974 as the band director in Massac County, Ill. Mr. Adami was an instructor at Illinois Eastern/Lincoln Trail and Paducah Community colleges, and came to Ballard County as band director in 1987.

He served as director of pupil personnel in Carlisle County from 1995 until 2001, then returned to Ballard as DPP. He was president of Region 1's DPPs in 1997-98, 2000-02, and served on the Kentucky DPP board of directors in 1999-2001.

"His first concern, after his family, was this school district," said Ballard Board of Education Chair Kim Terrell. She praised Mr. Adami's vision for the district, and his support of the board and staff. "Ed's work always was a collaborative effort for the success of everyone," she added. "His leadership will be missed immediately."

Visitation will be Sunday, Nov. 27, from 3-8 p.m. at the Ballard County Memorial High School gym. Morrow Funeral Chapel in LaCenter, Ky. is handling the arrangements.

Mr. Adami's funeral is set for 11 a.m. Monday, at Ballard County High School, 3561 Paducah Road in Barlow.

Mr. Adami was an avid hunter and fisherman, and a professional musician, playing with the Jack Stalcup Orchestra and the municipal bands in Paducah and Cape Girardeau. He is survived by his wife, Teresa, and two daughters, Megan and Elizabeth.

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