• 66°

Board issues interim statement for Alabama Accountability Act

Madison City Schools

MADISON – Constraints of and response to the controversial Alabama Accountability Act demanded attention by Madison Board of Education on March 7.

“This bill is not a week old and I’ve received requests from schools and parents who consider they are in ‘failing schools,’ but the list (of failing schools) hasn’t been announced,” Superintendent Dr. Dee Fowler said.

Personnel coordinator John Jones said a committee of district employees and board members “formulated an interim statement of criteria for admission of students living outside attendance zones for Madison City Schools. We have concerns about the flexibility and accountability acts for non-resident students.”

The committee identified three existing groups in the system that “we need to protect: students admitted from the agreement with Triana; child of a system employee; and homeless students covered by the McKinney-Vento Act,” Jones said.

“With the speed that the acts were passed, we were afraid not to work on it,” board member Connie Spears said. “It’s a prudent thing … to establish criteria on what we currently do. When or if the acts become law, we will re-address (the situation) with public input.”

Board member Ranae Bartlett said the district has added 350 students in each of the last three years.

Rezoning, available classroom space and projections for attendance zones are pending items that can affect future policy, Jones said. Director of student services Dennis James and Fowler will present rezoning’s first draft on March 13 with a public meeting on March 21 at 6 p.m.

Bob Jones High and Horizon elementary schools were among 14 Alabama schools to earn Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools (CLAS) Banner School recognition. Horizon assistant principal Kimberly Stewart said tutoring and enrichment programs helped achieve CLAS status. “This isn’t Bob Jones. It’s about Madison City Schools,” principal Robby Parker said.

The board also heard about expanding advance placement (AP) courses and requirements for Madison’s diploma with advanced academic endorsement.

The board congratulated Bob Jones senior David Hergenroeder for the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Citizenship Award.

James Clemens High School

James Clemens Theatre claims awards at state Trumbauer festival

Madison

City council green-lights $11 million bid to turn old Three Springs complex into community center

Madison

Young artists can submit artwork that will be launched into space

Events

Toyota Field to host Artemis I splashdown party on Sunday

Bob Jones High School

Bob Jones to represent Alabama at Southeastern Theatre Conference

Business

The State Of The Rocket City Trash Pandas 2022

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Rocket City Marathon 2022: New Format, New Course, New Day

James Clemens High School

Christmas Card Lane brightens downtown streets

Liberty Middle School

World War II, Korea veteran Walt Siffringer accepts Quilt of Valor

Bob Jones High School

beEntrepreneurial [beE] High School Idea Competition sets Dec. 7 deadline

Madison

School board approves bid to turn the old West Madison campus into PreK Center

Bob Jones High School

Greenpower racing builds STEM skills and confidence

Madison

Madison Animal Rescue Foundation in need of new foster homes

Madison

How to submit your child’s “Letter to Santa”

Events

Neighbors: Community theater groups in Decatur to stage ‘ELF: The Musical’

Events

Driving Nights for Galaxy of Lights begin today at Huntsville Botanical Garden

Events

Polar Express Christmas Tree Trail lighting and Wassail Fest being held Friday in downtown Madison

Polar Express Christmas Tree Trail lighting and Wassail Fest being held Friday in downtown Madison

Bob Jones High School

Former Patriot named assistant director of coaching at North Alabama SC

Former Patriot named assistant director of coaching at North Alabama SC

Digital Version

Check out the new issue of Madison Living Magazine

James Clemens High School

James Clemens medical and drama students, first responders simulate trauma scene

Madison

Curbside recycling recovery assistance throughout the weekend

Bob Jones High School

Scholarships at stake in American Legion oratorical contest

Bob Jones High School

Nichols’ podcast avers multi-disciplines feed theatre

Business

Town Madison becomes city’s first Arts & Entertainment District

x