School Board Meeting Covers Books And Buildings

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Greene Publishing, Inc.
The special session meeting of the School Board on Monday, June 9, covered the topics of portable buildings and the county’s thick Policy Handbook that the board has decided to undergo changes on and has already created some heavy discussion between board members.
Ray Griffin, the board’s Financial Director, started the session with a packet for the board showing pictures of the buildings and updating the members on the progress of the lease agreement from Marion County, where the portables will be coming from. Madison County intends to lease the buildings temporarily for the upcoming renovation of the high school and expects the lease agreement to be finalized this week. The buildings will sit in front of the school for the 2014-2015 school year and will serve as classrooms for the students as the existing rooms will be structurally updated by way of plumbing and electrical work. Griffin says other changes will also be made that will modernize the learning environment. Renovations on the school are tentatively set for this year, around the months of October or November.
The second item on the board’s agenda, and last item for the evening, was discussing changes to be made on the district’s Policy Handbook, as well as updating their website. The thick handbook contains nine chapters of Madison County School District’s policies and procedures and will undergo changes intended to make the book more relevant for today. The biggest discussions of the evening were centered on prospective teacher’s Statement of Eligibility after finishing college and clarification that all hiring of school personnel would be brought to the board before advertising in order to fill new positions.
After some lively discussion on the topics, it was decided board members would begin tackling the handbook by viewing the first few chapters and would reconvene on Monday, June 30, at a special workshop where the necessary changes could be
discussed.
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