Madison Kindergarten Academy

Cars and trucks were backed up Wednesday afternoon on Big Hill Avenue near the Boggs Lane intersection after the first full-day of classes at the nearby Madison Kindergarten Academy.

If parents were still angry about first-day transportation problems Wednesday at the new Madison County Kindergarten Academy at Mayfield, none showed up to complain at Thursday evening’s school board meeting.

In his end-of-meeting report, Superintendent Elmer Thomas assured the board that all transportation issues during the first days of school were improving.

Mostly, the board heard good news and made all its decisions unanimously.

Both state funding and ACT score were up, district officials reported.

Overall scores on the ACT exams taken by all juniors last year increased by 6 percent, David Gilliam, chief academic officer David Gilliam reported. The 20.1 average composite score met the goal, he and Thomas had set, Gilliam said. Scores rose the most in science, 12 percent. English scores were up 5 percent.

The district received nearly $38.8 million from the state’s Support Education Excellence in Kentucky program, said Debbie Frazier, chief financial officer. The amount is “much greater” than in years past, she said.

All news on the financial front was not good, however. District food services lost nearly $67,000 more than in the previous year, Frazier said. In 2011, food services had a balance of a little more than $1 million dollars, but it the three years since then, it has lost almost $242,700.

Randy Neeley, the district’s director of operations, “is working hard with food services to see what we can do to get that turned around,” Frazier said. “Unfortunately this is a trend both statewide and nationally. It’s definitely an area of concern.”

Food services were also mentioned by Superintendent Elmer Thomas when the board discussed approving the 2014 board policy updates.

Many state and federally mandated changes have been made to foods schools are allowed to serve this year. Since schools began lowering sodium and increasing amounts of whole-grain rich foods, participation in school lunch programs statewide has declined.

Overall, however, Frazier said district expenditures were 96.9 percent of funds budgeted.

Dustin Brumbaugh, district human resource director, reported that the Madison Southern football stadium’s new press box should be ready for the high school’s first home game.

The board approved submitting for state approval renovation plans for Foley Middle of nearly $7 million and more than $4 million for Silver Creek Elementary.

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