The Morgan County Board of Education welcomed a new member, recognized high achieving students, discussed Homecoming plans, and reviewed the latest updates for the new consolidated school campus during the monthly meeting last Monday.
District 5 Board Member Brad Evans stepped down due to relocating his residence to another district. Each of the remaining board members said a few words of thanks and appreciation for all Evans has accomplished over his nearly four years on the board. Superintendent James Woodard noted the beneficial changes in policy that Evans helped to establish. Forest Pagett was voted in as an interim board member for District 5 through the end of the calendar year.
Advanced Placement Scholars were recognized for achieving a three or higher on at least three AP exams, a score that qualifies for credit at most colleges. Several students were recognized as AP Scholars with Honor, which requires a minimum average score of 3.25 on all AP exams and a three or higher on four or more exams. AP scores for MCHS students has continually increased since 2014, rising 15 percentage points since the previous academic year alone. These scholars will be further recognized at the September 28 Homecoming game.
Homecoming this year will turn the Senior Parade into a community-wide event through the efforts of the student council. Senior Student Council members Alisha Evans, Destiny Williams, and Alec Woodard presented their plans to create a Homecoming Parade that not only begins and ends at MCHS but will also go through downtown following already established parade routes.
Alec Woodard informed the board, “We want to include the community, which involves clubs, businesses, kindergarten, primary school, middle and elementary-schoolers, and anyone who has a club or organization here in Morgan County.”
Students may enter the parade for free while any alumni or businesses will pay a $25 fee to enter floats, golf carts, antique cars or fashion cars. Having already presented the idea to City Manager David Nunn and received approval from the City of Madison, Superintendent Woodard commended the student council: “I really appreciate you all taking the leadership and bringing forth the project.”
Andrea Daniel, president of Athens Technical College, briefly addressed the board. Athens Tech will partner with the Morgan County Charter School System to enable dual-enrollment courses for high school students and the career academy. Having transferred students into the University of Georgia since 1989, they are already offering early childhood education classes here and will be expanding their course listing.
The new high school and college and career academy will be finished within the next month with plans to complete the move from the old building over fall break. Plans for an open house for students, parents, and guardians is set for October 15.
A time-lapse video of the construction was compiled by students at MCHS and is on Youtube.com: “Morgan County High School College and Career Academy Timelapse”.
Updates on improved safety measures taken and being implemented across the schools in the county were shared with the board. System Safety Coordinator Dusty Hawkins and Student Information System Coordinator Bobby Zimmerman demonstrated the operation of the CrisisGO app, which allows administrators to send alerts to teachers in the schools regarding fire, tornado, active shooter, and more.
All action items were approved. A full review of those items can be found online at: https://www.morgan.k12.ga.us/board-of-education/board-meetings.