Elementary first grade teacher Carolyn Perry was one of many
Madison County teachers preparing for the new school year this
School opens Fri., Aug. 20. Photo by Margie Richards
to ring this Friday for Madison County students
BY MARGIE RICHARDS
It's that time of year again, when students from kindergarten
to high school will head back to school for another year. Approximately
4,525 students will attend county schools - holding pretty close
to last year's figures.
And as this new year begins, school system employees are gearing
up to make things run smoothly and successfully, with a number
of changes in store.
One of the biggest changes, brought about in response to the
safety concerns of the community - and to help lower incidences
of school vandalism - is the new 24-hour security system which
has been installed at several schools.
Madison County High School, Madison County Middle School and
Ila Elementary School were initially chosen as recipients of
the surveillance system. But the county school board agreed Tuesday
night to put cameras in Colbert, Comer and Danielsville Elementary
Schools too (sees story below).
The system includes cameras mounted outside to monitor all three
parking areas at the high school, and internal systems monitoring
hallways, and classroom and restroom doorways in all three of
The construction of new classroom wings is another big change
this year for the high school and middle school.
All four elementary schools will have a nurse on duty, and will
be implementing after school programs, some to start on Mon.,
Aug. 23, and others to begin after Labor Day. The program will
run from 3 to 6 p.m. and will cost $5 per day.
The program was launched at Colbert Elementary last year and
considered a success.
Meal prices countywide remain the same: all breakfasts - 70 cents;
high school and middle school lunches - $1.25 and elementary
lunches-$1. For the full story, see
the front page and 2A of The Madison County Journal
cameras to be
placed in all county schools
BY ZACH MITCHAM
Colbert, Danielsville and Comer Elementary Schools will soon
have security cameras.
The Madison County school board agreed Tuesday to seek bids for
the installation of surveillance cameras in the three schools.
The high school, middle school and Ila Elementary already have
security cameras in place - the Ila Elementary camera system
School officials see the cameras as a deterrent to bad behavior
with action on much of the schools' grounds recorded on videotape.
The inside of restrooms will not be filmed.
In a separate matter Tuesday, the board agreed to meet Thursday,
Sept. 9, at 6:30 p.m. to interview applicants for the vacant
District 4 post on the school board. Beth Bolin recently resigned
from that position. The board has received three letters from
people interested in the seat, but the names of those individuals
will not be released until Monday, the deadline for those wanting
to apply for the spot.
In other business Tuesday, the board:
·approved a bread contract with Earth Grains for $36,000.
·learned that last month's total revenue from sales tax
funds was $103,912.
·learned that a prayer walk will be held Saturday at 8
a.m. in the parking lot of each county school.
·heard from Tommy Wiley of Charles Black Construction,
who said that construction of the Hull-Sanford Elementary School,
slated to open in the fall of 2000, is ahead of schedule.
Graduation moved to Classic Center
Madison County High School's graduating
class of 2000 will turn their tassels at the Classic Center in
The county school board agreed Tuesday to move the ceremony to
the facility in downtown Athens. The 2000 graduation will be
held June 2 at 8 p.m.
Superintendent Dennis Moore said the change will allow more people
to attend the graduation, while cutting out potential problems
due to poor weather and reducing the cost of the event.
The school system spent $1,500 for the 1999 graduation. The 2000
graduation will cost the county $1,200.