Tenth in the State: County School System Ranked Top by Online Service | News

Madison County schools are ranked tenth in Georgia, according to an online ranking system.

Niche.com uses a variety of factors to rank schools, including academics, teachers, clubs and activities, diversity, college preparation opportunities, administration, food, sports, facilities and health and safety.

The county’s school system received an A grade overall and was ranked tenth out of 179 systems in the state.

“We are very proud of this recognition,” Superintendent Michael Williams said. “Tenth in the state, that’s pretty impressive.”

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The county school board held a minute’s silence to open its meeting in remembrance of high school teacher Susanna Arnold, who died after a long illness. School board chairman Robert Hooper said Arnold was a great person.

RADIOS FOR EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS

Madison County schools now have radios to improve communications with emergency personnel and between administrators during tornadoes, shutdowns and other emergencies. Williams noted that cell reception with school buildings can be poor, and when something happens, radios provide more reliable communication. He thanked the sheriff’s office for their help with the x-rays.

If it’s suspicious, don’t open it. That’s Williams’ word on the spam emails to school employees. He said the school system will soon organize training to help employees avoid scams and hacks. He noted that employees frequently receive suspicious emails and that school systems can be victims like any other. He therefore declared that vigilance against phishing was in order.

Madison County is renovating its 65-year-old transportation facility in Danielsville. Grounds are being prepared for a new metal structure which should arrive in late December or early January.

Madison County School Assistant Superintendent Mandy Wommack reported that school sales tax collections totaled more than $261,000 last month, an all-time high. She noted that transportation facility upgrades are a sales tax

Williams said he attended competitions at the Georgia National Fair in Perry and Madison County represented the county well, adding that it was encouraging to see the results of the students’ hard work. He said that agricultural competitors will soon be recognized by the school board.

Madison County schools are being hit by large-scale supply and labor shortages. Wommack noted that catering items such as paper plates were difficult to obtain.

Deputy Superintendent Dr Jody Goodroe said more eighth graders are taking advanced math and science courses in middle school to earn high school credit. He noted that enrollment in Algebra I is 87, up 45 from last year, and 169 students are taking physical science classes, up 70 from last year.

Four members of the high school’s new JROTC program presented the colors at the start of the meeting. And school board members then heard a presentation from Colonel Robert Stuart and First Sergeant Francisco Ramey on how the first year went. Both said it was a resounding success, with 125 members.

“It’s already working,” Stuart said. “The children who arrived shy, you would hardly recognize them.”

The two gave an overview of the program, noting that JROTC is intended to help students gain self-awareness and broaden their horizons about what is possible for them, while instilling in them healthy habits for doing good things.

Both praised the Madison County students, but said the group had a lot to show for it.

“You ain’t seen nothing yet,” Ramey said.

Jeremy S. McLain