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January Is BOE Recognition Month

In this holiday season of gift giving and thankfulness, let us be grateful for our Madison City Board of Education members for all that they do.
January is School Board Member Recognition month. The theme in 2024 by the Alabama Association of School Boards is "Cultivating Brilliance in Alabama Schools."
Our Board certainly cultivates brilliance in schools as evidenced by the consistent "A" grade on state report cards both for the district and every single school and for the many ways our schools and individual students excel. Our Board's leadership, insights, commitment, passion, and dedication to excellence are appreciated by all.
 board members and dr. Nichols huddle around a paper giving a high five
(L-R) BOE V.P. Travis Cummings, Scott Newberry, Tommy Overcash, Alice Lessmann, Supt. Dr. Ed Nichols, BOE President Tim Holtcamp.

Madison City Board of Education members are front and center of all things Madison City Schools.

MCS Board members Tim Holtcamp, Travis Cummings, Alice Lessmann, Scott Newberry and Tommy Overcash are true public servants. They put in tons of time and effort over their five year terms without compensation.
all five boe members in front of school with Dr. Nichols

(L-R standing): Supt. Dr. Ed Nichols, BOE VP Travis Cummings, President Tim Holtcamp, member Tommy Overcash. (seated) BOE members Alice Lessmann, Scott Newberry.

You may see them at Board meetings, school plays and band performances. Or at the football stadium, in gyms at basketball and volleyball games, in an auditorium watching a theater performance, or poolside at swim and dive competitions.
You might catch one reading to a class, speaking to a PTA meeting, volunteering in the car line, or advocating for schools at a City Council meeting.

They attend graduations, school carnivals, EL summer classes, greenpower events, PreK programs, band concerts and Special Olympics.

They meet with legislators and city leaders to discuss school issues, undergo board training and attend conferences away from their family.

Each board member is appointed to staggered five-year terms. Since the formation of Madison City Schools in 1998, our MCS Board of Education members have elected not to receive compensation so that their work is done in the true nature of public service.|

The Board works with the superintendent in the overall governance of the school district, in setting the strategic plan and vision for the school system, and establishes policies as part of its governance role.

Board members are highly engaged in our school system - each member having had or currently has children attending school in Madison. Board members actively participate on numerous committees and are present at numerous school and district activities throughout the school year.

Let’s all take the time to give them thanks for all that they do.
Link to the board member website:

Tim Holtcamp head shot
Tim Holtcamp

Travis Cummings head shot
Travis Cummings

Alice Lessmann head shot
Alice Lessmann

Scott Newberry head shot
Scott Newberry

Tommy Overcash head shot

Tommy Overcash

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