The Madison County Board of Education, with newly-appointed superintendent Michael Williams. Left to Right: Mr. Byron Lee, Ms. Angie McGinnis, Vice-Chair Mrs. Cindy Nash, Mr. Michael Williams, Chair Dr. Robert Hooper, Mrs. Brenda Moon
The Madison County School System is the pinnacle of the community's commitment to progressive excellence in education.
With a vision of "Graduating Independent, Productive Citizens," the Madison County Board of Education operates five elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school, which includes the Broad River College and Career Academy. Each elementary school houses at least one Bright from the Start Pre-Kindergarten classroom.
The district serves approximately 5,000 students, and offers a continuum of services for all students including Students with Disabilities, English Learners, and Gifted populations.
Charter System Leadership Award, 2017
In 2012, the Madison County School System submitted a petition to the Georgia Department of Education to become a Charter System because it allows for the most opportunity for public input and a means to flexibly serve the children of Madison County in a way that best meets their needs. In 2017, the Madison County School System was awarded the Charter System Leadership Award by Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle and the Georgia Charter System Foundation. The Leadership Award recognizes the system that demonstrates instructional innovations at the classroom, school house, or system-wide level with a focus on initiative-driven leadership impacting their academic and community environments.
Madison County High School
The citizens of Madison County take pride in the school system, and have demonstrated their commitment to the education of the county's children through overwhelming support of several rounds of Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax referendums for education, or ESPLOST.
The most recent ESPLOST was approved by approximately 80% of voters in the spring of 2017. Funds from this ESPLOST will pay off the bond for Madison County Middle School, which opened in 2008; continue to pay for the new Madison County High School, which opened in 2014; and will fund additional classrooms for growth over time. Past ESPLOST funds have supported the building of the new middle and high schools, the building of Hull-Sanford Elementary, and additional classrooms at several schools. The support of voters for the school system through ESPLOT referendums has provided for a lower property tax rate for the citizens of Madison County.
Broad River College and Career Academy
Many community organizations and individuals have partnered with the Madison County School System in innovative ways to support education for students.
In cooperation with Athens Technical College, Clarke County and Elbert County Schools, the Madison County School System applied for and received $3.65 million in grant funds to build the Broad River College and Career Academy, a "school within a school" on the campus of Madison County High School. The Broad River Academy stresses that all students are career-bound and will need some level of training beyond high school to compete in the job market. This training could include on-the-job training, military training, a certification, an associate's degree, a bachelor's degree, or beyond.
Broad River College and Career Academy
Through continued partnerships with community members and representatives of business and industry, including strong support from the agricultural community in Madison County, the Broad River Academy provides students with the skills and support necessary to give them a good start on their way to a rewarding career.
Through the support of the citizens of Madison County, the Madison County School System provides a quality education for students, as evidenced by an increasing graduation rate and high levels of achievement. In 2017, the graduation rate was approximately 90%, which represents an increase of 27 percentage points over ten years.
The Board of Education has been repeatedly recognized as an exemplary board by the Georgia School Boards Association. The school system has been recognized for leadership by the Georgia Charter System Foundation and Georgia Association of Educational Leaders, as well as for student support services in academics and behavior by the Student Support Team Association of Georgia Educators and the Georgia Department of Education's Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports Division. The students of Madison County consistently outperform the state on state assessments, and students and student organizations, such as the Future Farmers of America chapters at the middle and high school, have been recognized for their achievements at the state and national levels.
Taking pride in the achievements of the students of Madison County, the Madison County School System is #mcproud!