School District Reorganizes Alternative SchoolJul 18th, 2013 | By Submitted | Category: Front Page
The Madison County School District is resuming operation and administration of the alternative education program formerly known as the BEAR Center. The alternative school will operate under the new name of Madison County Excel Alternative Education Center beginning with the 2013-14 school year. The mission of the school is to provide all students with an education in a safe learning environment that facilitates citizenship and readiness for college and careers.
The plan for the Excel School was developed by a leadership team comprised of educators and community members. The team leader, Sam Stalnaker, praised the team members for their quick and effective work. Team members include Maurice Alexander, Sim Alexander, Gladney Cherry, Paula Ginn, Octavious Tookes, Jada Woods-Williams, Rod Williams, and Willie Williams. Charged by Superintendent Doug Brown to reorganize the 45-student program into a sustainable system that delivers effective academic instruction, the school will also emphasize positive behaviors and character education. Serving students in grades 6 through 12, the team is focusing efforts on maintaining connection and creating continuity with Madison County Central School and Madison County High School. Students will complete individualized plans to facilitate and encourage return to their respective schools.
The planning team considered each element that impacts program success. These factors include staffing, quality of instruction, discipline, budget, technology, and a strong transition plan. To facilitate success, staffing will include on full-time teacher and on paraprofessional for every fifteen students, as well as a lead teacher responsible for oversight and instruction. The school will remain in its current location behind and adjacent to MCHS.
For more information regarding Madison County Excel Alternative Education Center, please contact Sam Stalnaker at (850) 973-5061 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.