2015 State of the Schools program brings hundreds to Jackson Center

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Dr. Dee Fowler, Superintendent of Madison City Schools, addresses the crowd at the Jackson Center. (WHNT News 19/Jan. 30, 2015)

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The state of Madison County’s three public school systems is strong. That’s according to the superintendents of Huntsville, Madison and Madison County, who participated in the 2015 State of the Schools program on Friday.

The program is an annual event sponsored by the Huntsville-Madison County Chamber of Commerce and the Schools Foundation.  It’s a chance for the area business community to find out how the school systems are performing.

About 300 people attended Friday morning’s event at the Jackson Center.  Each superintendent gave a 20-minute presentation.  Each mentioned rising graduation rates, improved test scores and increased college and career readiness.  However, they also acknowledged their challenges.

Madison City Superintendent Dr. Dee Fowler said his system’s greatest challenging is managing its growth. The district is growing by about 250 students a year.

Dr. Casey Wardynski said the Huntsville City School system is also growing at the equivalent of one elementary school every 18 months.

Madison County Superintendent Mass Massey told the crowd his district faces financial challenges the others don’t, since it can’t rely on funding from a city government.  Massey added that he hopes to build stronger partnerships with the business community.