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Demolition crews make quick work of tearing down the Hines Motel on Big Hill Avenue in early July.

The Madison County Board of Education approved the application for the proposed entrance into the Madison Kindergarten Academy.

The application will now be sent to the Kentucky Department of Education to approve. The estimated cost of the project, which will include more demolition and removal of cement slabs, working with piping, drainage and paving, among other things, is $288,500. The schematics and design proposal will hopefully be delivered at the next board meeting, once the KDE approves the application, according to Tony Thomas, Clotfelter-Samokar architect.

Thomas also updated the board on the progress of the Berea bus garage. With the nice summer weather the area has been having, the construction has been able to make significant progress. The roof is still yet to be put on, but the walls and interior are shaping up nicely, Thomas said.

Also during the board meeting, several schools were showcased and recognized.

The first group which was showcased was Kirksville Elementary School. Recently, the school participated in an International Dot Day, based on a book by Peter Reynolds. Students and teachers used the book as a learning tool and incorporated the work into their activities.

The Dot is a story of a teacher who dares a doubting student to trust in her own abilities by being brave enough to "make her mark," according to www.thedotclub.org.

"What begins with a small dot on a piece of paper becomes a breakthrough in confidence and courage, igniting a journey of self-discovery and sharing, which has gone on to inspire countless children and adults around the globe," it states.

The next group in the showcase was the Great Greek Council from Madison Middle School. The group was recently given an award from the Tech Extravaganza for their online periodical The Geekly Times. The Great Geek Council is a safe place for like-minded geeks, a word they use with pride, to enjoy everything from comic books, card games to science fiction and Marvel/DC.

B. Michael Caudill Middle School Archery team was awarded certificates from the board for their work both on the range and off. In addition to their 2017-18 championships, the group of straight shooters were honored for hard work when it came to hitting the books, with all 24 students receiving all A's and B's. The archers also helped to raise money for Hope Lodge American Cancer Society in the honor of Tina Barrett and her fight against breast cancer. The group raised more than $1,100 and served meals to those who were staying at the Hope Lodge receiving treatment.

"We couldn't be more proud of the archers and coaches at B. Michael Caudill Middle School," Superintendent David Gilliam said.

Also recognized was the Madison Central High School men and women's golf teams for their achievements on the putting green.

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In other business,

• The board approved the creation of several educators for area schools. A para-educator for Madison Kindergarten Academy, Madison Southern, and a student support personnel position at Southern.

• The board heard from Chief Academic Officer Alicia Hunter on the recent release of accountability data from the Kentucky Department of Education. According to Hunter, the county saw almost 10 percent gain from last year, with 72 percent of 8th graders who are scoring proficient and distinguished.

"We've got the gains," Hunter said, to the amusement of the board.

The next scheduled meeting of the Madison County Board of Education is slated for Oct. 25 at 4 p.m. at Central Office. This meeting is a work session.

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