Madison County School Board reviews 2022-2023 calendar, takes first steps towards building new middle school 

In their Nov. 11 meeting, the Madison County School Board reviewed plans for the 2022-2023 school year.

The start day for students will be August 17, 2022, with the school year wrapping up on May 23, 2023. Fall break will take place over the second week of October and spring break will kick off the first week of April. Winter break begins Dec. 21, with students returning to school Jan. 4.

The board was presented with two different calendars, one which gave teachers three professional development days at the start of the semester. Another option gave them five. Students schedules will remain the same in both. A vote will be held in the coming weeks between 900 Madison County School system staff members to decide which calendar is chosen.

Deputy Superintendent Randy Neely spoke about getting the calendar out earlier than usual.

"We typically get the calendar out around March or April. This is really for the community. Folks that wanna take off and schedule their vacations. That's the reason why we decided to start doing this in December," Neely said.

An extensive construction update was given to the board, covering ground on a wide swath of projects happening around the county.

A BG-1 was approved for construction of a new middle school in Madison County. It's the first step in commencing production on the new school, simply identifying the project and how it will be funded. As of now, construction is estimated to cost roughly $39 million.

A bid was accepted from TK Construction on the building of new dugouts and storage facilities for Madison Central and Madison Southern's baseball and softball teams. The bid stood a little over $66,200 dollars.

The Madison and Berea Ignite Academy Campuses are coming along on schedule, with construction on Madison North Ignite Academy looking at a completion date of March 2022. Ongoing construction on Clark Moors is going along uninhibited as well.

The board also approved a set of schematics for renovations on the Phillips Building.

An instruction report was given to the board regarding progress of the Math Design Collaborative program in Madison County. The program consists of math teams seeking to improve education from among the staff of several schools in the district. They have several goals in mind with their teaching.

  • The teacher clarifies learning outcomes and criteria for the student.
  • The teacher engineers effective discussion questions, activities, and tasks that elicit evidence of learning.
  • The teacher provides feedback that moves learning forward.
  • The teacher activates students as owners of their own learning.
  • The teacher activates students as instructional resources for one another.

Year one and two schools currently part of Math Design Collaborative include Clark Moores, Kit Carson, Silver Creek, and Waco. Year three schools include Kirksville Elementary, Madison Middle, Foley, and Daniel Boone.

Other business:

  • The creation of a full time Para-Education position at Kingston Elementary.
  • Approved first reading of revised dual credit program policies 8.1131 and 8.1133.
  • A public hearing report and district facilities plan were heard and approved.
  • Plans for Superintendent Gilliam to explore petitioning the Kentucky Department of Education for management and control of the Madison County Tech Center.
  • A school security request seeking new security access controls for schools in the district.
  • The 2021 audit report and a monthly financial report.

Superintendent Gilliam wrapped up the meeting with his monthly report. He highlighted several achievements from the district in the last month, including Veteran's Day programs and performances from Madison Central and Madison Southern's performances at a band competition at Kroger Field.

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