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Madison County School Board: graduation dilemmas and issues of cleanliness.

On Tuesday, June 2, the Madison County School Board came together for their bi-monthly meeting at 5 p.m., one hour earlier than usual, due to the Madison County High School Baccalaureate ceremony. The meeting was preceded by public comment. A concerned parent approached the board and implored them to allow her son, a senior at MCHS, to walk at graduation with his class if he passed the GED the following morning. His failure to attend classes throughout the school year resulted in several failing grades. Due to this, he was forced to seek a GED. Superintendent Brown reminded the mother that the diploma would not come from Madison County High School, but from ACE (American Council on Education).

However, the board agreed that since graduation is merely a ceremony, it would not be an issue if he walked with his class. They unanimously approved the item. After the agenda was consent, the board moved on to items up for individual consideration. They approved student trips, personnel changes, staffing table revisions and the advertisement of non-instructional positions. Sam Stalnaker presented the 2015-16 Code of Student Conduct for approval, however the board voted to hold a workshop and special meeting in order to make needed changes before official approval.

Superintendent Brown presented administrative recommendations to the board, who proceeded to approve them by a vote of 4-1. Board member VeEtta Hagan was the only nay, choosing to vote against the recommendations due to her disapproval of administrative personnel at Greenville Elementary School. After the vote, Brown updated the Board on the progress of construction at MCHS. Lastly, during board member items, Bart Alford suggested the School Board travel as a group to visit schools within the district in order to inspect cleanliness before the new school year begins, stressing the importance of appearance. After Alford's comments, the meeting was adjourned and board members headed to Baccalaureate.

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