During the Madison County Board of Education meeting Thursday, principals from three different schools were able to share programs they believed were helping their students grow.

Starla Browne, principal of Kirksville Elementary, spoke about the multi-tier system of supports (MTSS) program that she believes has helped Madison County students thrive. The first tier of MTSS focuses on the whole class, the second tier focuses on small group interventions, and tier three focuses on intensive, individualized support. Browne explained with this program she thinks that a student's behavioral issue or problem is easier to pick out earlier on and dealt with.

Eddie Sexton, principal of Daniel Boone Elementary School, said he believes the mathematics design collaborative (MDC) program is helping his students with math. According to the Kentucky Department of Education website, the MDC program is meant to better the students' understanding of mathematic concepts and develop their ability to apply the knowledge they have learned to non-routine problems. He thinks facilitating the learning of math with MDC is more active and helping the students to learn. He explained that the program instills skills into students where they are able to help their peers learn.

"It helps (the students) to show ownership of their learning," Sexton said. He said with this program the teachers are excited about teaching math. Sexton explained the teachers being excited about their curriculum in turn is helping the students to be excited about what they are learning.

Jennifer Martin, principal of the Madison Kindergarten Academy, spoke about continuous classroom improvement (CCI). Martin said the goal of CCI is to build a classroom community that learns and builds all together. The goal of CCI is for students to learn to set their goals and meet them within the classroom. Martin said what they are looking for is growth demonstrating that students are learning.

"We don't do CCI, we use CCI," Martin said. By using the collective want of the students and creating a curriculum to teach them accordingly, Martin said that the kids love to goal set together and discuss what has worked for them to help them learn what hasn't.

Other business

• Out-of-state field trips were approved.

• The Certified Evaluation Plan Committee was approved.

• School activity fund reports were approved.

• A mowing contract was approved.

• Madison County wanted to maximize custodial staff efforts and therefor have outsourced mowing. Five schools that have gotten a proposal for outsourcing their moving to Ballard Property Maintenance include White Hall Elementary, Kit Carson Elementary, Daniel Boone Elementary, Clark Moores Middle School and Bellevue Learning Center.

• A food service award for February also went to Madison Central High School.

• Madison Central principal Brandon Fritz was recognized for being "a caring and supportive leader."

Reach Destinee Ott at 624-6608.

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