Graduation rates are up in Madison County. Assistant superintendent Bonnie Knight told board of education members Tuesday night that the county’s 2013 four-year graduation rate was 78.1 percent; up from 74.39 percent in 2012. The state average is 71.5, meaning Madison County is 6.6 percent above state average.
For black students, the county’s current graduation rate is 84.2, 20 percent higher than the state’s average, which is 64.3 percent.
In other business, Comer and Ila elementary school were recognized as Title I Reward Schools for the second year in a row.
The board approved hiring an additional kindergarten teacher and paraprofessional at Colbert Elementary to offset the class sizes, which are at or above the class size waiver of 25 students per class.
The board approved the construction plans of a new field house not to exceed $235,000 in cost.