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Education Leaders Gather for ‘State of the Schools’ Address

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Wednesday morning, as students in the three largest districts in Madison County made their way to class amidst heavy rain, local education leaders were already meeting at the Davidson Center for a presentation on the state of the schools at 8 a.m.

Dr. Dee Fowler of Madison City Schools, Dr. David Copeland of Madison County Schools and Dr. Casey Wardynski of Huntsville City Schools met to discuss the high and low points of their districts.

However, Mary Scott Hunter, a representative of the state Board of Education, spoke first.  She said, overall students in Alabama have proven they are proficient in reading, but not in math. 

Fowler, Copeland and Wardynski each gave Power Point presentations of how their districts were stacking up as compared to others in the state.  Fowler had no complaints, thanking taxpayers for supporting Madison City Schools and celebrating high test scores from students learning in academies dealing with various career fields.

Copeland followed him, complimenting his district for achieving 95 percent of its goals despite a funding shortage.  He added the district needs about $150 million in unfunded projects to move forward.

Wardynski also talked about his students' achievements, including turning around low performing schools by using teachers with non-traditional teaching backgrounds.

The topic of school security came up briefly when Hunter recognized it is a big concern for all schools.  She asked attendees to pray for the boy abducted in Dale County Tuesday night.  However, she insisted the safest place for Alabama children is still in schools.