Madison County Central School Creating A Magical TransformationAug 13th, 2013 | By Jacob | Category: Community News, Education
By Rose Klein
Greene Publishing, Inc.
The staff at Madison County Central School (MCCS) is energized about current and future changes planned for the upcoming school year. The changes being implemented are to create a new beginning for MCCS. One obvious change is new principal, Dr. Willie Miles, who will be instrumental in helping the school to achieve four new goals that the school has set for themselves. The new goals that they feel will be necessary for change are to: Implement standard based instruction; Create a safe and orderly school with a positive school climate; Increase parent engagement; and Integrate instructional technology. All of these changes are being made so that students will excel academically in a safe and happy environment. Lynne Brown, the school guidance counselor, is excited about the transformations taking place. Using words like “fresh” and “new,” she described the positive atmosphere among the school staff and said, “The focus is all about moving forward.”
Another obvious and very visible change you will see is the new artwork on the front of the school, in the cafeteria and on a wall where parents will be sure to notice when picking up their elementary aged children. The eye-catching murals are the artwork of Stacy Ridgeway and his son, Stace, who make up the business “Mural Mural on the Wall.” Stacy is a former art teacher who moved from New York (where he held his teaching certificate) to Atlanta, Ga. After failing the certification test in Atlanta, a coach at the school asked him to paint a mural on the gym floor and a business was created. Stacy has no qualms sharing his story because he thinks it’s important for people, especially kids, to understand that by not achieving one thing, it could actually lead to better things you might never consider or think possible. After Stacy’s son, Stace (who is based in New York) joined him in the business; they began traveling and painting murals all across the nation. They will return to Central later in the year where Stacy will talk to the kids and teach about art. Stacy was smiling when he said, “I’m doing what I love. I’m not only doing artwork, but I’m back in the schools, teaching.”
Brown presented the template they used last year to paint smiley faces around the school and said that one small change was received so positively among the students, that it became the catalyst for the murals, and the future beautification changes planned. It was reminiscent of Stacy’s story in how his change started by what seemed to be a failure, but sparked and snowballed into a thriving and successful business. This type of success is exactly what the Central staff is working diligently on to accomplish for the school. MCCS staff really is striving to be “A Magical Place Creating A New Tomorrow” for its students.
Stacy and Stace Ridgeway help schools attain visual appeal
Central School’s transformation begins taking shape