The Madison County school district is preparing for the future and has called on the help of several county entities to properly prepare for the opening of B. Caudill Middle School in the fall of 2009.

An in-depth report along with a DVD has been created with help from the school district, Richmond and Madison County planning and zoning commissions.

The planning was done with the goal of not interfering with the momentum of achievement that already is taking place in Madison County schools, said Erin Stewart, community education director for Madison County schools.

“This (the DVD report) was presented to our school board and the one thing about our school board is they’re very focused on meeting the students’ need,” said Madison County Superintendent Tommy Floyd. “This now allows us to have conversations about future growth. We can’t tell the future, but we can look at trends. One issue, which I believe will always face the superintendent of Madison County schools, is growth and the need for adequate classroom space. We must always think about tomorrow while we manage today.”

The DVD has been presented to all members of local government, including Richmond and Berea.

Floyd said he was very grateful for the support given by local governmental entities when it comes to planning for future growth in the Madison County school system.

No definite redistricting plans have been made to accommodate the new middle school, but the DVD is the cornerstone that will allow the school board to begin seeking the most efficient way to distribute Madison County’s middle school student population.

The DVD highlights Madison County’s growth from the 1930s to today.

There were over 100 schools in Madison County in 1930, and those had been combined into eight schools by the 1960s.

There was a significant amount of population growth in the county during the 1960s, including 22 new subdivisions.

The 1970s brought 33 more subdivisions that resulted in the opening of Clark-Moores Middle School in 1972 and Foley Middle School in 1976.

By 1980, Madison County’s population had grown to 53,000, and is now an estimated 81,000.

Madison County has experienced a 15.76 percent growth rate since 2000 and the population is expected to be around 87,000 by 2012, according to the DVD presentation.

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