Recap of the school board meeting held last night

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Thursday evening, November 10, the Madison County Board of Education held its monthly meeting. The meeting opened with a student presentation featuring the Silver Creek Elementary Choir This earth in honor of Veterans Day. Additionally, Eliza and Abigail Isaac of Foley Middle School were recognized for their fire hydrant paintings while participating in the Berea Fire Department fundraiser. The twin sisters were both declared winners of the contest.

The board also recognized recipients of the 2022 Stillwell Meritorious Service Award for Ben Burnett, Randy Neely and 70 other technology staff. This was in recognition of the implementation of technology in education during the COVID-19 pandemic; a full list of recipients is listed on the district’s website.

All consent agenda items were approved. This included approving furloughs, requests for shortened school days, and out-of-state field trips for Madison Central and Madison Southern athletic and AFJROTC programs.

During the instruction report, district math coaches Tiffany Brock and Peggy Blankenship said nine schools are implementing the district’s math design program. Additionally, Tony Thomas of Clotfelter-Samokar Architects provided construction updates; At Clark Moores Middle School, students can access all areas of the building except for the concession stand locker rooms. The board discussed having an open house so parents could see the finished remodeled project. At Ignite Academy North, the gymnasium now has an occupancy license and can be used. The code maintainer did not give Ignite Academy South an occupancy permit. Both Ignite Academies can be used as storm shelters. The Madison Kindergarten Academy cooling tower replacement is underway. The baseball and softball dugout projects are not complete.

The action program began with a presentation from Chief Financial Officer Mark Woods. Mr. Woods provided the monthly financial report. As at October 31, the board’s reconciled balance was $55,752,005.47. This number is considerably lower than last year due to construction projects. The district has investments in place, including certificates of deposit at a rate of 2% and treasury bills at a rate of 1.6%.

Tammy Patrick of Patrick & Associates said the district had a positive audit and was in good financial shape.

The district has approved funds for teacher stipends of $30 when a teacher provides extra services, especially when covering classes during their scheduling time.

Two emergency certification teachers have been hired. One is a math teacher at Madison Southern High School and the other is a K-5 teacher at Kingston Elementary School.

During the superintendent’s report, Dr. David Gilliam announced Jeremy Phillips as the new director of Madison Southern. Dr. Gilliam also said school-wide attendance improves above 90%. The Superintendent recognized the Madison Central group for winning the 5A Championship. Finally, 64 participants attended the meeting of aspiring district leaders.

The next scheduled school board meeting is December 8.

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