Ad Spot

Fowler: Tax dispute in mediation

Dr. Dee Fowler, Superintendent of Madison City Schools. CONTRIBUTED
Dr. Dee Fowler, Superintendent of Madison City Schools. CONTRIBUTED
MADISON – With the 2016-2017 school year underway for two months, Dr. Dee Fowler recently updated school families about the latest concerns and successes on Madison City Schools (MCS) campuses.
“Everywhere I go I get asked about the Limestone funding issue. Honestly, I am so pleased that you are asking,” Fowler said. “It shows how engaged our community is with this issue.”
“Currently, we are in a period of mediation. A gag order has been placed on the participants to ensure confidentiality. All I can report is that the mediation is ongoing,” Fowler said.
Comparing 2015 figures to 2016, MCS has increased by 369 students, Fowler said. “Our state funding for this year is based on the number of students that we had last year. This means that our money and teachers are calculated on 9,856 students instead of 10,225 students.”
“The state has only budgeted $300,000 to help us pay for the new teachers,” Fowler said. ” We will spend more than a million dollars of local money for their salaries. This is money that we would prefer to be spending on programs that make MCS unique.”
A “growth committee” has been formed with parents, city leaders, teachers, Madison Board of Education members and school administrators. “We will be completely out of elementary classroom space between the 2018-2019 school year and the 2019-2020 school year. Our high schools will reach capacity between school years 2020-2021 and 2021-2022,” Fowler said.
The growth committee will “examine which campuses can best accommodate portables, determine if we have a school where we can add permanent classrooms and how we can rezone to maximize our space,” Fowler said. He anticipates a rezoning at all levels — elementary, middle and high school.
Unofficially, the board hopes to ‘grandfather’ high school students on their current campus. “Our best district-wide solution would be to build a new elementary school and begin planning for our third high school. Regrettably, we do not have the revenue stream to do either. That is why the work of (the growth committee) is so important,” Fowler said.
“The issues above are very real, to which we, the adults, must find viable solutions. We will continue to try to isolate and insulate our students from these challenges,” he said. “Our students are working so hard and bringing great honor to our district and to you every day.”

James Clemens High School

Alabama Consortium for Technology in Education awards James Clemens

Huntsville

Alex Cole earns Eagle Scout rank with school beautification project

Huntsville

‘Into the Woods Jr.’ to unfold on Madison Academy campus

LIFESTYLES -- FEATURE SPOT

What’s the significance of red poppies? American Legion has answers.

James Clemens High School

Massachusetts Institute of Technology selects Yewon Lee for institute

Madison

Elementary students excel in play at State Scholastic Chess Championship

Harvest

Groups can apply for Master Gardeners grant for horticulture projects

James Clemens High School

Madison teens’ yearlong practice culminates in 2021 State Scholastic Chess Championship

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Alabama State Games Offer Academic Scholarships

Bob Jones High School

Exploravision regional win goes to James Clemens

Bob Jones High School

Alabama State Games To Offer Academic Scholarships During Opening Ceremony

James Clemens High School

James Clemens shows its tech savvy in Science Olympiad

James Clemens High School

James Clemens Jets Press rates first at All American High School Film Festival

Digital Version

Digital version of The Madison Record – April 7, 2021

Bob Jones High School

Sam Uchitel at Bob Jones founds business for Madison CEO

Madison

City Chess Blitz Championship to decide victor on April 24

Bob Jones High School

Senior boys can apply for Alabama Boys State

Madison

VBC says scams targeting ticket seekers increasing, explains how to avoid them

Madison

State open records bill clears Senate committee

Madison

‘Essential business’ bill goes to governor

Madison

EDITORIAL: Fighting COVID-19 will require personal responsibility when mask mandate expires

Madison

Huntsville Ballet Company is back with Peter and the Wolf – April 16-18

Madison

Hubert Family Farms finding success with area’s first “pick your own tulip” experience

Madison

Community tips lead police to Harvest man accused of sexual abuse of a child

x