In Thursday's Madison County Board of Education meeting, chair Becky Coyle said that Madison County Schools received a $10,000 donation this winter from Bechtel Parsons Blue Grass (BPBG) to fund innovative classroom activities focused on science, engineering, technology and math.

This donation provides 10 teachers with $1,000 each, and this year’s grantees are: Bill Hatfield, Madison Middle; Rachel Chasteen, Kingston Elementary; Devan Stone, Clark-Moores Middle; Jaclyn Chadwell, Clark-Moores Middle; Deana Abbott, Madison Southern High; Ben Nichols, Madison Central High; Renee Cook, Waco Elementary; Candace Young and Jennie Bogie, Madison Kindergarten Academy; Becky Reister, Kirksville Elementary and Zach Scott, Madison Middle.

Also during the meeting:

• The school board approved the creation of two positions at Madison Kindergarten Academy.

• The board approved a shared position between Clark-Moores Middle School and Madison Middle School. The schools will use their Title I funds to pay for the position, which will start in August.

• An assistant band director position at Madison Southern High School was approved for creation. The band’s booster group will pay for the position.

• The board approved the county’s finance auditor provider. Mark Woods, chief finance officer, told the board they sent out 10 inquires and received four back, but that they stuck with the same provider as the previous five years. Stiles, Carter & Associates will be contracted for $26,500, a decrease in price from years prior.

• Board members approved the Section 125 Plan document.

• The school board approved the amended calendar for the school year due to NTI days. School is still scheduled to be done for the year on May 24. The two high schools’ graduation were set as well. Madison Central's seniors will graduate on Friday, May 24, at 7 p.m. and Madison Southern will graduate on Saturday, May 25, at 11 a.m.

• The board heard from principals Amanda Heaton of Silver Creek Elementary, Carrie Ballinger of Kingston Elementary and Glenna Carter of Shannon Johnson for the instruction report. The ladies told the board about the successes of their professional learning communities. Teachers meet within their schools for their PLC's but they also meet in districtwide ones. As a result, Heaton said, kids are excited for math, a subject the school is working to improve on.

• The board heard from Tony Thomas, Clotfelter-Samokar architect. The group discussed the Madison Central High School partial re-roofing and approved the BG-3 so the bidding process for contractors could begin. Thomas told questioning board members that they were doing only a partial re-roofing because some areas had been replaced within five years and are still under warranty.

• The board also approved the BG-3 for Madison Kindergarten Academy for the new parking lot and driveway.

• The board approved out of state field trips for Madison Southern, Madison Central, Silver Creek and Madison Middle School.

• Several showcases were held before the board went over action items. The Daniel Boone Elementary Orff Ensemble presented "Baby Shark," Madison Southern High School United States Air Force JROTC program presented the colors for the Pledge of Allegiance with a brief presentation by Cadet Colonel Eipert, JROTC’s Commander. Also in the showcase was Nikki Stidham, a fifth-grader from Kirksville Elementary School. Stidham's poster is featured on three billboards throughout Madison County during March, which is Be A Children’s Champion Month. Along with artwork being featured on the billboards, she received a $100 prize.

• Madison Kindergarten Academy received this month's Sparkling School Award.

• The board went into executive session to discuss potential real property acquisition or sale, but took no action.

The next Madison County Board of Education meeting is scheduled for March 28 at 6 p.m. at 301 Highland Park Drive.

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

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