In Thursday evening's Madison County Board of Education meeting, board members voted unanimously to approve the BG-1 for the new building of a career and technology center.

The much pined after career and technology center will be located on Four Mile Road near the Robert R. Martin Bypass.

“We’ve already had these programs, but these new centers will help to expand those programs and grow those opportunities,” Superintendent David Gilliam said. “We are excited for the opportunities we will be able to offer our students and the ways these centers will impact our community.”

According to community education director Erin Stewart, the vote serves as an official beginning of the construction project for one of the two career and technology centers the district intends to utilize as replacement for the current Area Technology Center located on the Madison Central High School campus.

A second center is in the works in Berea and will be located on Farristown Middle School's campus, according to a release from the Madison County Board of Education.

"When completed, the new Career and Technology Centers will provide students with opportunities to explore career pathways and earn certifications while completing the requirements for earning a high school diploma," the release stated.

Community business and industry leaders input have been instrumental in the process and development of both centers.

Other business

• The board voted to absorb the cost of administering the ACT in order for all sophomores and juniors in the district could take it for free. But, it will not replace the ACT administered to all Kentucky juniors by the state in the spring. “This is a phenomenal opportunity for our students and for our families,” said Chief Academic Officer Alicia Hunter. “If you are a sophomore, you will have the opportunity to take the ACT up to four times at no cost to you or your family because you will take the test as a sophomore, twice as a junior, and can take it again as a senior if you have not yet made benchmark.” Hunter also pointed out the district will be getting those results while these students are still enrolled and can be helped in areas where they are weaker, according to the release.

• The board voted to approve the purchase of eight servers to support IP cameras on front doors at Daniel Boone, Kirksville, Kit Carson, Madison Kindergarten Academy, Shannon Johnson, Waco, White Hall and Bellevue Learning Center.

• The board voted to approve the purchase of new cafeteria serving lines and equipment for Clark-Moores Middle, Madison Middle and Foley Middle.

• The board voted to approve a 1% salary increase for all employees

• The board voted to cancel its regular October meeting, scheduled for Oct. 10. The business of the meeting will be conducted at the Oct. 24 meeting.

• The board recognized several individuals during their Thursday meeting, including Kim Hall, Madison County Schools Food Service Administrative Assistant, for her work in planning, scheduling and implementing the summer feeding program, including the Street Eatz bus. More than 100,000 meals served at 95 sites throughout the county were given during the summertime.

• The month of August's Sparkling School Award winners were custodians Claude Cornelison, Curt Neal, and Mike Newman from Clark-Moores Middle School.

• Madison County Board of Education Chair Becky Coyle read a proclamation declaring August 2019 as a time to education citizen about the dangers of e-cigarettes and vaping. This proclamation is in collaboration with the Madison County Fiscal Court, City of Richmond, City of Berea and Berea Board of Education, according to the release.

Reach Kaitlyn Brooks at 624-6608; follow her on Twitter @kaitlynsbrooks.

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