School board holds March meeting

The Madison County School Board gathered on Tuesday, March 1 at 6 p.m. Public comment was handled first. Cyndy Stewart, a teacher from Madison County Central School, took to the podium in regards to the investigation involving Principal Willie Miles. With all of the allegations surrounding Miles, Stewart wanted to provide her side as a teacher. “I wish the board would spend a day of dialogue with just us teachers,” said Stewart. “As a teacher at Madison Central, I want to bear witness to the outstanding leadership Dr. Miles has provided to [the teachers at Madison County Central]. He has raised the bar in terms of students, teachers and staff expectations.”

After Stewart left the podium, the board approved six out-of-county student trips and the ESE special policies and procedures.

Ray Griffin presented the financial reports and Willie Williams presented personnel changes and asked the board for permission to advertise three non-instructional positions. These items were all approved.

Superintendent Doug Brown went over the construction project updates at Madison County High School and informed the board that renovation of the gym is underway and there will be a new sound system added to the gym. “You will be very pleased with the sound quality as well as [the appearance] of the gym,” said Brown. The intercom system is going to be updated as well.

Brown also announced that the district hosted the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools' (SACS) advanced education team and the Madison County School District has been recommended for accreditation for the next five years. The SACS team also found that the district has a “robust career technical education program” and “excellent facilities that set high expectations.” Brown was especially proud that the district was praised for its facilities, as five years ago, SACS had found the facilities to be a weak point within the district. “[The SACS team] was very impressed with the high school,” added Brown.

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 5; there will be no other regular meetings during March due to the scheduling of spring break, which will be held March 14 through March 18.

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