With Georgia leaders encouraging school systems to request classroom size waivers given the tough economic times, the Madison County Board of Education has taken the state up on that offer.
The BOE voted Tuesday to request a waiver for Comer Elementary School, where it is two students over the limit for third grade.
Leniency in classroom sizes helps school systems avoid the expense of creating additional classes and hiring additional instructors.
“It’s a lot cheaper than getting a new teacher,” Madison County Schools superintendent Dr. Mitch McGhee said.
In other business conducted Tuesday night, the board of education:
•heard from Madison County Middle School teacher Michelle Krolikowski who wrote a history paper linking math to Appalachian folk pottery methods. She’s presenting her research at a conference in Washington, D.C., in January.
•honored Madison County Middle School Future Farmers of America students Zack Tankersley, Kevin Jones, Brooke Adams, Austin Saye and Tyler Arnold who were winners at Georgia National Fair in Perry last month. This is the first year the middle school offered an agriculture program. Madison County placed first in Perry with its junior team.
•heard from Freshman Academy media specialist Martha Vaughn who thanked the school board for its support of the ninth grade media center. “I can’t tell you how much I appreciate that. It made me feel like you really did think that this was something worth investing in,” she said. Among other things, Vaughn noted that 1,000 books were checked out of the library during the first two months of school.
Comer elementary Parent
11/14/08 at 04:29 PM
Where are the kids going to sit, on top of each other, that school is packed to the rim. You need to think about building on before you pack more kids in there. Not to mention it is leaking like crazy, there are buckets sitting everywhere. That school needs some serious remodeling.