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Madison City Schools marks 20th anniversary

MADISON – The Madison City Schools district has reached its 20th anniversary.

On Oct. 16, 1997, Madison City Council passed a resolution to break from Madison County Schools and form a separate school system for Madison and Triana residents.

A five-member board of education was organized “and launched the tedious and very complex task of dividing assets with Madison County Schools and creating an entire school district from scratch,” MCS Public Relations Manager John Peck said.

Madison City Schools opened in the 1998-1999 school year.

On Oct. 16, 2017, MCS Superintendent Robby Parker visited the campus of James Clemens High School and quizzed teachers and students about the significance of Oct. 16, 1997. Parker said he was teaching a world history lesson on that day at Bob Jones High School.

If Parker had been on the gameshow, “Jeopardy!,” the correct question would have been “What happened in the City of Madison on Oct. 16, 1997 — 20 years ago today?” The correct answer would have been “Madison City Schools was founded.”

One student guessed that a war started, while another boy wondered if the town of Madison was founded on that date.

Assistant Principal Rocky Smith at James Clemens, said, “Don’t ask me” and then asked for a hint. Smith answered correctly.

As Principal Dr. Brian Clayton walked down the hallway, Parker said, “We’re coming for you, Dr. Clayton.” Clayton aced the question by saying, “I think it was probably the beginning of the school system.”

“‘Doc,’ we’re going to renew your contract,” Parker told Clayton.

Parker filmed his visit to James Clemens to show the conversation about the anniversary. To view the video, visit https://youtu.be/FgHphIGV6sE.

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