Groundbreaking held for new middle school in Madison
MADISON – Madison City Schools celebrated the groundbreaking Tuesday of its new Journey Middle School. With construction actively under way in the background, Schools Superintendent Dr. Ed Nichols and Board of Education members heralded the new school as a reflection the community’s unwavering support for education.
Dr. Nichols invoked the Journey namesake and past superintendents Dr. Henry Clark, Dr. Dee Fowler and Robby Parker, in declaring that the journey forward will require continued strong community and school partnerships.
“In almost 23 yrs as a district. two things have remained constant: growth and community support,” said MCS Board President Tim Holtcamp.
Madison Mayor Paul Finley and Triana Mayor Mary Caudle echoed the strong community support for schools as reflected in voter approval of property tax referendums, including the 12-mil tax in 2019 that passed by over 70 percent.
“We will continue to keep education in the community at the forefront and as strong as any of us can imagine,” Mayor Finley said.
“I know we are here for the groundbreaking, but I see two communities joined together in investing in the lives of our children and their future,” Mayor Caudle said.
The 170,000 square foot Journey Middle is being built on school property behind the MCS Central Office. The $51 million facility (includes site prep, construction, furnishings) will house approximately 1,200 students and is on track for completion in June 2022.
Meanwhile, the Midtown Elementary under construction off Wall Triana near Browns Ferry Road is scheduled for opening this fall.
By John Peck
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