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New Schools, Expanded Offerings, Demographic Equality Among Schools, Top MCS Priorities

Madison City Schools Superintendent Robby Parker joined his counterparts from Huntsville and Madison County in a panel discussion on successes and challenges in their districts and in education in general.
It was part of the annual State of The Schools report organized by the Schools Foundation of Huntsville/Madison County.

Mr. Parker said one thing that sets MCS apart is its "small town" feel where each student is known and has equal chances to succeed. Top challenges are the need for new schools and finding a way to pay for them.

Mr. Parker shared his vision of expanding advanced math into elementary schools, increasing language opportunities so every student can graduate bilingual, and growing career-tech programs for students destined for "new collar" jobs rather than the traditional post-secondary path. He also wants to expand PreK until every eligible child in Madison City can attend.

All three superintendents seated on stage.
Madison City Supt. Robby Parker, Madison County Supt. Matt Massey,
Huntsville Supt. Matt Aiken

Superintendents were asked about the state report cards. All agreed the full measure of any school goes beyond just a simple letter grade. Parker, noting MCS was one of only two districts across the state where every school received an A, said that wouldn't have happened without the concerted effort by the board and school leadership to keep schools socio-economically balanced through rezonings.

"The cornerstone of our success in Madison City Schools is making each school as demographically equal as possible, he said.

Mr. Parker said the school system's growth of 300 students per year will demand the construction of a new elementary school by 2021, a new middle school by 2023 and a 3rd high school or expanding the two existing high schools by 2025.

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