Madison County schools now have fewer strings attached when it comes to state regulations.
The school system received “charter” status last week, meaning that more decisions regarding curriculum can be made locally.
“We’re real excited,” said Madison County school superintendent Dr. Allen McCannon. “The heart of becoming a charter system is instructional innovation and increasing your shared governance.”
McCannon said the charter status will give the schools opportunities to teach in more hands-on ways.
“This gives us a chance to provide some creative classes, some creative options, a chance to have some waivers in some rules as far as more innovative instructional classes,” he said.
For instance, McCannon noted that the change opens doors for students interested in agriculture.
“You could have a student taking an agricultural class,” said McCannon. “Well, we could actually have that student go out to a farm and actually get credit for working and learning and still doing applied math and applied science.”