Board hears update on school safety

Madison Board of Education heard a third-party professional’s review on safety measures in Madison City Schools.

At the board’s Nov. 8 meeting, findings from Terry E. Odum, a certified protection professional (CPP) and parent at James Clemens High School, commended collaboration among school resource officers (SRO) and administrators. “I can’t imagine there is a stronger administrator/SRO partnership in the state of Alabama,” Odum stated in his report.

In addition, Text to Protect has succeeded in relaying threats to Madison Police Department for alerting school administrators, Dennis James said. James is coordinator of safety, security, communications, and student services.

“Administrators and SROs agree today’s student social media experience has a growing impact on school safety and may be their number one problem,” Odum’s report stated.

Odum determined that the alternative school, now housed at James Clemens, is conducive to learning in a safe environment. “Programs like Challenge Day and ‘Mad Dog’ Messmer’s visit have long-lasting impact,” James said. The district is planning a system-wide drill of full emergency capabilities.

From the Student Advisory Committee, Mugdha Mokashi and Priya Ganatra from Bob Jones High School said students transferring to James Clemens had a “smooth transition.” However, upperclassmen couldn’t access all advanced placement classes but “either enrolled online or at Bob Jones,” Ganatra said.

The advisory committee hopes to nurture in-city camaraderie with cross-school picnics and possibly “joining up for prom” because of Von Braun Center scheduling conflicts.

The “Patriot Pages” staff and advisor Brandy Panagos unveiled their multimedia design. “We have to keep in touch with the community and keep it localized,” Bob Jones student editor Adam Dodson said. The website is averaging 3,000 ‘hits’ per week, student editor Jasmine Duncan said.

Math teams and coaches Julie Goldston, Sean Bardell and Kimberly Cox were recognized for outstanding results in the 2012 National Math Fall Startup.

Robert Lipinski, coordinator of auxiliary services, said digital access to textbooks and teacher resources lacks consistency. In the future, a directory will allow simplified access to digital/online textbooks and resources. Lipinski also explained that the Alabama State Assessment in Plan 2020 will require end-of-course testing incrementally in upcoming years.

In other business, the board approved its proposed code of conduct and the September 2012 financial and bank reconciliation statements.

Madison

Madison Fire & Rescue responds to second baby surrender through Safe Haven Baby Box

Bob Jones High School

Robertson finds ‘perfect fit’ as Special Education Coordinator

Liberty Middle School

Liberty’s Mardi Paws Parade raises funds for shelter animals

James Clemens High School

11-day tour to Korea, Japan in summer 2025 open to Madison teens

James Clemens High School

Players eager for 2024 Grade-Level City Chess Championship

Harvest

‘Brews for Enable’ at Yellowhammer to benefit Enable Madison County

Bob Jones High School

MCCL members, teams grab awards at Rookie Rally

Madison

State board lauds Heritage in ‘Top 25 Percent Schools’ for Alabama

Harvest

Parker composes, performs and mentors songwriters in lifetime of music

Bob Jones High School

Bob Jones AFJROTC named Grand Champions at Hoover

Bob Jones High School

TVA’s School Uplift grants can reduce energy costs and improve campus

Bob Jones High School

Warm-up Quads on Feb. 24 to prepare players for City Chess Championship

Liberty Middle School

Chander, Grieve, Rajput win national awards in PTA Reflections

Bob Jones High School

Knights of Columbus’ donations buy pods for MCS Special Education

Madison

Love is alive and well in the heart of this special artist

Love is alive and well in the heart of this special artist

Digital Version

Digital version of The Madison Record – Feb. 14, 2024

Bob Jones High School

Bob Jones, JC girls gear up for region play today at Wallace State

Business

Billboard selects Orion Amphitheater as “Top East Coast Amphitheater”

Madison

School choice: Is there really choice?

School choice: Is there really choice?

Bob Jones High School

Lady Patriota best James Clemens again to win Area 8 crown

Lady Patriota best James Clemens again to win Area 8 crown

Harvest

Triana chosen for Smithsonian’s ‘Crossroads: Change in Rural America’ exhibit

Bob Jones High School

Madison Street Festival grants reach $20K for 35 school projects

Harvest

Senior center members launch Arise2Read at Harvest elementary

Madison

MVP to promote Monarch butterfly survival with mural, contests

x