By Lynette Norris
Greene Publishing, Inc.
The Madison County School board began its Jan. 18 meeting by recognizing Arturo Lora, a fifth grade student at Pinetta Elementary School. Lora is the Overall Winner in the District Christmas Art Contest.
Each year the contest chooses the artwork to go on Christmas cards sent out by the School Superintendent to all school district employees. This year, they were sent out as e-cards in order to save money. The competition begins in the classroom, where teachers select the first round of winners, then moves on to grade level, and from there, to a school-wide winner. One student from each school is recognized for the final round, and from that small group, the final overall winner is chosen – this year, Arturo Lora gets the top honors.
“That’s probably the best thing that happened,” said Jane Dickey, of a meeting that was otherwise quiet and predictable, “business as usual.”
The board members approved all items on the meeting agenda, including the DOE funded projects “Learning for Life” and “Race to the Top,” both of which were continuations from last year.
The board also agreed to joint use of in-district transportation with Boys and Girls Clubs to basketball games between the district’s elementary schools for January, February and March, and approved a contract for Club Z! In-Home Tutoring for Supplemental Education Services for eligible students.