All Madison County students will have the opportunity to receive a free flu vaccine at school this year.
Interim superintendent Allen McCannon told the school board this month that he has worked with Danielsville Elementary School nurse Donna Perry to provide this to students.
McCannon said parent releases will be sent home Nov. 3 and must be signed in order for a child to receive the vaccine, which will be the nasal mist form.
“It is not mandatory,” McCannon said. “This is an opportunity and we’re excited to offer it to our students.”
In another matter, the school board agreed to make a formal request to the Gholston Trust Fund that 34 acres adjacent to Comer Elementary School, and currently held in the trust, be donated to the school for future expansion.
“This is not saying that we plan an expansion ‘tomorrow’ at Comer,” McCannon said. “We’re just looking to the future.”
McCannon told the board that two 2010 MCHS graduates, Scott Barnes and Robin Taylor, earned AP Scholar Awards for their exceptional achievement on AP (Advanced Placement) exams. Both graduates qualified for the award by earning an average score of at least 3.23 on all AP exams taken and scores of 3.0 or higher on four or more of these exams.
Assistant superintendent Bonnie Knight told the board that Hull-Sanford Elementary is growing “faster than normal.” The board later approved hiring an additional third grade teacher at the school.
The board approved an agreement with Commerce Bank, that Knight said will help refine the accounts payable process by sending vendor payments to the bank for disbursement. In return, the school system will receive a percentage back, based on volume. Knight estimated that the system will receive $50,000 for the first year.
Eighteen students in grades 1 – 8 were recognized by the board for their perfect scores on the math portion of the 2010 CRCT.
The board and audience heard a “teachable moment” presentation on the school system’s application process to become a Charter School System by 2013. More information, including questions and answers from the two town hall meetings can be found on the school system’s website.
Knight also encouraged those with questions to e-mail school system administrators. Answers will be sent to them and posted on the school system website: www.madison.k12.ga.us/