Category Archives: Local Schools

Education or Administration

Robert New

In an August 16th Berea Online editorial, Madison County School Superintendent Tommy Floyd started out by saying, “Madison County Schools has placed an emphasis on early childhood education and kindergarten readiness.” He then went on to include an article written by Kentucky Board of Education member Brigitte Blom Ramsey, discussing the importance of screening children as they enter kindergarten and the difference those screenings can make on a child’s academic success.

Floyd went on to say, “This is an opinion I share as an advocate for early childhood education.”

I find Mr. Floyd’s comments to be a bit disingenuous. Recently tax payers have been calling on the board to be more frugal in their spending and budgetary process and to seek ways to redirect money from very costly Continue reading Education or Administration

Superintendent Message

Madison Co Schools

Madison County Schools has placed an emphasis on early childhood education and kindergarten readiness. The following article, written by Kentucky Board of Education member Brigitte Blom Ramsey, discusses the importance of screening children as they enter kindergarten and the difference those screenings can make on a child’s academic success. This is an opinion I share as an advocate for early childhood education.

Kindergarten Screening Vital to School Success

For years, schools in Kentucky have recognized the value of screening children around the time they enter kindergarten. A quick screen of children’s developmental abilities, comfort level with the structure of the school setting and the materials they will soon encounter provides rich information for Continue reading Superintendent Message

Beth Brock Sworn In

Beth Brock

Richmond, Ky. (July 23, 2012) – The Madison County Board of Education is about to be back up to full strength.

Beth Brock of Richmond will be sworn into office to fill the unexpired Fifth Division term on the Madison County board at its July 24 meeting. Brock was recently appointed by Education Commissioner Terry Holliday to complete the term of former board member Betsy Bohannon. She will serve through the remainder of 2012. The Division 5 board seat will be on the Nov. 6 General Election ballot for a full four-year term.

Brock most recently was in her fourth term on the site-based decision making council at B. Michael Caudill Middle School, where she was the vice chairperson. She has served as president and vice president of the White Continue reading Beth Brock Sworn In

Madison County Schools End of Year Article

Madison Co Schools

The 2011-2012 school year was a very exciting year for Madison County Schools. The district made some big strides in the areas of instructional technology and next generation learning. The district was awarded one of seven EETT grants – only Madison and Jefferson counties received $157,730 each which was the largest amount given. The EETT grant gave Madison County Schools the ability to provide two unique environments for next generation learning. The Cube at Madison Central High School and Eagle Studio at Madison Southern High School are specialized classrooms that promote project-based learning and collaboration. The studios have proven this year to strengthen student activities needed for meeting the ACT Benchmarks, 21st Century skills, Career and College Readiness and teacher professional development. The studios have given students and teacher the opportunity to engage in challenging learning activities that incorporate collaboration, creativity, critical thinking and communication. These are all important college and career Continue reading Madison County Schools End of Year Article

KENTUCKY DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION NOTICE OF VACANT MADISON COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION SEAT

Opportunity
The Kentucky Commissioner of Education is seeking applicants to be considered for the
appointment to the Madison County Board of Education. You are invited to nominate yourself or
someone you know who is qualified to serve on the Madison County Board of Education
representing:

Madison County Educational Division #5.
This vacancy was created by the June 4, 2012 resignation of Continue reading KENTUCKY DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION NOTICE OF VACANT MADISON COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION SEAT

Board Chair Betsy Bohannon Resigns

Madison Co. Schools

RICHMOND – After 14 years of service to the Madison County Board of Education, current Board Chair Betsy Bohannon has decided to step down from her seat on the Board. Mrs. Bohannon began her tenure on the Board of Education in May 1998. She was appointed to serve the Division V seat left vacant by Barbara Bentley. In November 1998, Mrs. Bohannon was elected to a four-year term on the Board to represent Division V. Mrs. Bohannon has been re-elected three times since then – in 2000, 2004 and 2008. Her current term is set to expire this year.

During Mrs. Bohannon’s tenure on the Board the district was able to build four new schools – Kingston Elementary, Glenn Marshall Elementary, B. Michael Caudill Middle and Farristown Middle – as well as complete 14 renovation Continue reading Board Chair Betsy Bohannon Resigns

Madison County Schools Makes National Recognition Lists

Only sixteen percent of the nation”s 15,571 public school districts (2,437) have been recognized for meeting the needs of families choosing schools. The nation”s largest school selection consulting firm, SchoolMatch® of Columbus, OH, announced the 2012 Twenty-first Annual award in a recent letter to State School Leadership Associations and State Department of Education Superintendents.

Congratulations to the What Parent”s Want Award Winners for Kentucky.

School System Name City, State, Zip
BEECHWOOD IND FT MITCHEL, KY 41017
DAVIESS COUNTY OWENSBORO, KY 42304
ELIZABETHTOWN INDEPENDENT ELIZABETHTOW, KY 42701
ERLANGER-ELSMERE INDEPENDENT ERLANGER, KY 41018
FAYETTE COUNTY LEXINGTON, KY 40502
FORT THOMAS INDEPENDENT FT THOMAS, KY 41075
HARDIN COUNTY ELIZABE, KY 42701
JEFFERSON COUNTY LOUISVILLE, KY 40232
JESSAMINE COUNTY NICHOLASVILLE, KY 40356
KENTON COUNTY ERLANGER, KY 41018
MADISON COUNTY RICHMOND, KY 40475
MCCRACKEN COUNTY PADUCAH, KY 42003
MURRAY INDEPENDENT MURRAY, KY 42071
OLDHAM COUNTY BUCKNER, KY 40010
PIKEVILLE INDEPENDENT PIKEVILLE, KY 41502
WARREN COUNTY BOWLING GRE, KY 42101
WOODFORD COUNTY VERSAILLES, KY 40383

KY Superintendent, Tommy Floyd, Will Receive National Award for Literacy Leadership

Tommy Floyd

Tommy Floyd, Superintendent of the Madison County Schools in central Kentucky, will receive national recognition for leadership that allows struggling first-grader students to have the best-possible instruction so they can quickly reach proficiency. The Reading Recovery teacher leader award will be presented to Mr. Floyd during the Leadership Academy in North Bethesda, MD on Friday, June 22.

Reading Recovery is a short-term intervention of one-to-one tutoring for first graders who struggle with early reading and writing. Specially trained teachers work with children in half-hour daily lessons lasting 12 to 20 weeks. After a full set of lessons, about 75 percent of these formerly lowest first- Continue reading KY Superintendent, Tommy Floyd, Will Receive National Award for Literacy Leadership

Caudill Middle School Student Top Scorers at Tournament

KY FWR

Congratulations to all the competitors and winners at the recent National Archery in the Schools Program(NASP) state tournament!

Top scorers were Mary Aldridge (scored 298/300!) of Bondurant Middle School, Frankfort, KY, and Bradley Long (297/300) of Caudill Middle School, Richmond, KY.

To learn how (NASP) student-archers can receive a FREE hunting/fishing license visit the following website http://fw.ky.gov/naspfreelicenseinfo.asp

New Music Festival in Richmond Campaigns on Kickstarter

Jubilo Music Arts Festival

The Jubilo Music Arts Festival has some big plans for aspiring college students in Kentucky’s 54 Appalachian counties. It also has big plans for a huge music and arts festival to be staged at Fort Boonesborough State Park in Richmond, Kentucky. Jubilo intends to stage up to 75 regional and national bands from a variety of genres over the course of a 3-day weekend this September. It hopes to build its audience to as many as 25,000 people, boosting area tourism, and spotlighting the area’s state parks, and music and arts community.

The concept of funding projects’ needs with the proceeds from a music event is not necessarily a new idea. But Robyn Burkett Baker, the creator of Jubilo, along with 10 college students and recent grads from Kentucky colleges, has taken the ideas behind events such as Farm Aid, Live Aid, and Hope for Haiti Continue reading New Music Festival in Richmond Campaigns on Kickstarter

Madison County Schools Kindergarten Registration

Madison Co Schools

Madison County Schools has scheduled kindergarten registration for March 19 to 23 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

If you need to register your child for kindergarten for the 2012-2013 school year, please visit the school the child will attend to register during that week.

For additional information, please contact Central Office at 624-4500 or your childs school.

Family Fun Night at Michael Caudill Middle School

STEM Infusion

STEM Infusion Family Fun Night
For 6th and 7th grade students
Friday, March 9
6 to 10 p.m.
B. Michael Caudill Middle School
Open to ANY Madison County Schools 6th or 7th grade student
and his/her adult guest (must be at least 20 years old)
Limited to first 30 pairs signed up.
Student must be accompanied by an adult.

STEM Activities will take place from 7 to 9 p.m.
Challenge and Showcase will take place from 9 to 10 p.m.
Dress is casual.
Join Madison County Schools as we launch our STEM Infusion activities for the school year with some great Fun, Food and Prizes!

For additional information, please contact Steve Marionneaux at Continue reading Family Fun Night at Michael Caudill Middle School

Teachers Wanted

Upward Bound

Upward Bound at Bluegrass Community & Technical College is looking for teachers to work with small groups of high school students in a six-week summer program.

The classes will run from June 17 – July 27, 2012. Teachers will teach two or three one hour classes 5 days per week. Teachers are needed for the Spanish, Social Studies and English/Language Arts classes.

Qualifications:

Bachelors Degree required; Masters Degree preferred.

Teaching experience in a high school or college setting

Ability to relate well to youth and/or Continue reading Teachers Wanted

Madison County Schools Transportation Department Efficiency

Madison Co. Schools

Madison County Schools Transportation Department saw an increase in miles driven in 2010-2011 over the 2009-2010 school year. However, the level remains near the 2005-2006 miles driven. That level is significant because it is prior to the addition of two additional instructional days required by the state. It is also prior to the opening of B. Michael Caudill Middle School. Since the 2006-2007 school year, the district has added only one bus route — 144 routes total serving 10 elementary schools, 4 middle schools and 2 high schools plus the Bellevue Learning Center. The district still remains more than 144,000 miles driven less than the 2006-2007 school year.

Efficiency is paramount when transporting more than 8,000 students per day to and from school. The department began looking at combining routes and Continue reading Madison County Schools Transportation Department Efficiency

STEM Infusion Family Fun Night

STEM Infusion Family Fun Night

Join Madison County Schools as we launch our STEM Infusion activities for the school year with some great Fun, Food and Prizes!

STEM Infusion Family Fun Night is open to ANY Madison County Schools 6th or 7th grade student and his/her adult guest (must be at least 20 years old) Limited to first 30 pairs signed up. Student must be accompanied by an adult.

The event will take place at the B. Michael Caudill Middle School from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, February 10, 2012.

Evening activities begin with dinner at 6 p.m.

STEM Activities will take place from 7 to 9 p.m.

Challenge and Showcase will take place from 9 to 10 p.m.

Dress is casual.

For additional information, please contact Steve Marionneaux at Continue reading STEM Infusion Family Fun Night

Madison Co School Bus Wreck

Bus Wreck

The Madison County Sheriffs Office received a call of a school bus overturned at approximately 6:43 a.m. in the 7500 block of Battlefield Memorial Highway south of Richmond, Kentucky.

Upon arriving at the scene Deputies found a school bus on its side in a ditch. The only person on the bus at the time of the accident was the school bus driver, Timothy Conway.

Mr. Conway advised that he was traveling south on Battlefield Memorial when he met another vehicle in the travel part of his lane. The driver attempted to avoid the accident and the bus he was driving when off the roadway coming to rest on its side in a ditch. The bus driver described the other vehicle has a older model cream color vehicle no other information could be given, because it happened so quickly.

There was no student on board at the time of the accident. The bus driver Timothy Conway was transported to Berea St. Joseph Hospital E.R for minor head injury.

The roadway was shut down for approximately 1 hour while the wrecker removed the bus from the ditch.