Financial challenges face Madison County schools

Rick Patrick: Greene Publishing, Inc. This is the first in a series of weekly articles about the challenges facing our school district, and the measures proposed to meet those challenges. There will no doubt be very difficult decisions that will have to be made in the coming weeks and months by Madison County school officials. According to information from the Florida Department of Education (FDOE), Office of Funding and Financial Reporting, Madison County’s schools have a dangerously low Financial Condition Ratio of just 3.72 percent. The Financial Condition Ratio can…

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School Board hears concerns over school nurses

Rick Patrick: Greene Publishing, Inc. During the regular meeting of the Madison County School Board on Monday, Feb. 6, the Board heard from a parent of a Lee Elementary School student regarding school nurse staffing. This parent expressed concern that her son is subject to seizures, and there is only a nurse at the school on a part-time basis. The School Board has an interagency contract with the Madison County Department of Health to provide nursing care to the schools. Additional staff is scheduled to come on board with the…

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BBQ lunch fundraiser set for Friday

Rick Patrick: Greene Publishing, Inc. In June of 2016, Gene Mickel, a native of Madison, was diagnosed with stage three multiple myeloma. Earlier this year he was given the prognosis that there was not much more his doctors could do and he only had a few weeks to live. Mickel, however, was not prepared to give up just yet. Along with other physicians, Mickel decided to undergo more aggressive chemotherapy treatments in order to fight back. According to Mickel’s step-daughter Kristen Hendry, Mickel’s condition is a day-to-day situation. According to…

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Gerald Leroy Anderson

Gerald Leroy Anderson, age 86, died on Friday, Feb. 17, 2017 at South Georgia Medical Center. A funeral service will be held on Friday, Feb. 24 at 2 p.m. at Beggs Funeral Home – Madison Chapel, with burial at Oak Ridge Cemetery. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. He was born and raised in York, Ne, and moved to Madison in 1969. He was the past President of the Kiwanis Club of Madison. He was an avid tennis player and was a Nebraska State Champ…

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