It is that time of the year when we take a deep breathe and look back at the last 12 months as we wait for the holidays to wind down and football bowl games to end.

So what did you good reader find most interesting on this little blog as judged by the number of “hits” various articles received?

It is hardly surprising that articles dealing with the constant blunders of former state superintendent Mike Sentence were at the top of the “hit” parade.

In first place with 7,196 views was this article in September about reaction to Sentence terminating former superintendent of the year Jeff Langham from his staff.  No. 2 was an article from January pointing out how the most current list of “failing schools” did not pass the smell test.

Next was another article about Jeff Langham being fired.  This ran on August 31.  On June 2, teacher Leslie Hughes showed the courage of her convictions when she spoke movingly about how inadequate Mike Sentance was.

Rounding out the top five was this piece from March 3 when the Alabama Association for Career & Technical Education publicly called for the resignation of Sentance.  It should be pointed out that while most were bitching and moaning about Sentance and his endless series of brain-dead decisions, this group, led by Ann Gilmore, did not hesitate to  openly oppose him.

In all, these five articles had a collective total of 27,084 hits.  But to date, the grand  prize winner for this blog with a total of 29,971 hits all its own is this article from August 11, 2016.  It is hardly a surprise that this was the announcement that the state board of education hired Mike Sentance as state superintendent.

It has been an interesting year for sure.  Thank goodness we survived Mike Sentance and are now trying to pick up the pieces he left behind.

And on a very personal note, thanks to each one of you who faithfully drop by this site and send me notes when something pleases (or displeases) you.  I am truly awed at the number of readers of this blog.

Here is my sincerest hope that you and yours have a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY NEW YEAR.