Madison Co. School Leaders Do As The Kids Do

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MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - On August 19, kids in Madison County will once again hop on the big yellow bus and head to school. Tuesday morning, it was the adults' turn.

Administrators gathered for a special bus tour designed to bring everyone in a leadership position 'up to speed' on what is happening across the district.

"We just felt like it was important to go to the sites themselves and see the buildings," said Madison County School Superintendent David Copeland.

Madison County is a large school district with nearly 20,000 students spread out over miles and miles. That means some board members don't often get to areas outside their district - areas for which they still have to make decisions.

School Board President Mary Louise Stowe said that distance makes bus tours like the one Tuesday essential.

"We just need everybody to see everything to be able to make good decisions," said Stowe.

As the bus rolled along past 28 schools and buildings, Copeland highlighted key improvements, staffing changes and initiatives underway at each location - changes including everything from promotions to new trees planted or resurfacing.