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Jeana Ross has resigned as federal programs coordinator to work in Gov. Robert Bentley’s cabinet, the Madison Board of Education heard at its Dec. 13 meeting.

Ross will serve as Commissioner for the Department of Children’s Affairs. The board commended Ross for her work in grant writing and promoting the preschool program.

John Peck, formerly on the editorial board with “The Huntsville Times,” has been hired as public relations manager, a new position for Madison City Schools. “I believe in the school system. I’m a stakeholder in it,” Peck said.

The Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council recently discussed school safety. The council feels safe in their schools — safest in classrooms but least safe in hallways, director of student services Dennis James said. Crowded conditions, like ‘choke’ points in student traffic, cause hallway concerns. The council recommended in-depth instruction for steps during a Code Red.

The council also said physical bullying is not a threat in secondary schools but cyber bullying does exist. Students acknowledge that administrators respond when this bullying occurs, James said.

Sarah Bryan, a Heritage Elementary School fifth-grader, was congratulated for winning $10,000 from the GoDaddy.com Bowl Book Report Contest. HOAR Program Management assists with the contest.

Bryan’s report on “The Hunger Games” won statewide. “I already knew that I could connect to the book. When I found out I was in the Top Ten, I was amazed,” Bryan said.

In public comments, Ed Sasan announced his resignation as Special Resource Officer with the Madison Police Department. Sasan is the new director of education and training at Redstone Arsenal.

The board approved Camp Invention at West Madison Elementary School; 2012-2013 committees’ recommendations for textbooks in secondary language arts, along with reading, language and handwriting textbooks for elementary; and October 2012 financial and bank reconciliation statements.

Chief school finance officer Mike Weaver said the district has two months’ balance in the General Fund, with revenue/expenditures near eight percent, a desirable operating level.

The district is designing a ‘dashboard,’ a quick-to-read online view of high-level statistics, such as test scores and attendance figures, board member Phil Schmidt said.

Harvest

Johnson repeats win in American Legion oratory

Madison

Petition for city manager special election being resubmitted after being dismissed

Madison

Barney, a facility dog, comforts and reassures students

Madison

Playground revamps underway for Madison elementaries

Madison

Large turnout expected for All-Girls State Chess Championship

Business

Goldfish Swim School opens in Madison, plans to host free Community Family Swim Event Feb. 3

Madison

Mill Creek Robo-Crew take Breakthrough Award at UAH

Liberty Middle School

Liberty Lionettes awarded in hip-hop, pom at regionals

Bob Jones High School

American Legion Baseball organizing for new season

Discovery Middle School

Gifted Specialists fill broad needs of 20% of students

Madison

Mill Creek Greenpower Team motors to first place in Oxford

James Clemens High School

James Clemens Competition Cheer Team takes fourth state title

Madison

The celebration continues: Madison Street Festival awards grants to 16 Madison educational programs

Events

The Loomis Brothers Circus returns this weekend

James Clemens High School

Wyche earns full-tuition scholarship from Cameron Education Foundation

Madison

ReadyFest returns to underscore need for preparedness

Madison

Winter Knights Chess Tournament sets record attendance

Harvest

Delta Sigma Theta plans exciting evening with ROUGE – A Go Red Event

Events

Burritt on the Mountain to host Shane Adkins for Coffeehouse Concert series

Bob Jones High School

Sponsors essential to achieving Madison Street Festival’s traditions

Madison

Registration opens to vie for seat in pre-kindergarten

Huntsville

Former doctor from Madison sued for overdose death

James Clemens High School

Donaldson piloting James Clemens as Acting Principal

Madison

Discovery of woman’s body in Hazel Green leads to investigation of possible murder-suicide

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