Ed Nichols named new Madison City Schools superintendent


MADISON, Ala. – The Madison City Schools Board of Education named Ed Nichols as the district’s new superintendent at its meeting Wednesday evening.

Ed Nichols was one of three finalists interviewed by the school board. He replaces Robby Parker, who retired as Madison’s superintendent earlier this year after 31 years in the district.

Nichols has spent the majority of his career with Decatur City Schools. He started there in 1988 as director of bands at Austin High School and worked his way up to district superintendent from 2012-2016. Nichols retired as superintendent of Decatur City Schools in 2016 and served several months as interim for Madison City Schools when Dee Fowler retired in late 2016.

“I had a time to be here and be the interim and the folks, I can just tell you. This is a great school district and a great staff. And I am excited about being part of their team,” said Nichols.

He says he’s ready to dive into any issues Madison City Schools face, and he will start by listening.

“I going to spend the next sixty days out in the community meeting with … In a new way, in a Zoom way maybe, or a Google Meet, but getting feedback,” says Nichols.

Nichols says he will be addressing issues like growth and funding with various ccommunity leaders

“I want to look at the growth plan that we have and I want to take a look at that and analyze where we are. I don’t think at any time especially with this pandemic that we’ve had and how it’s affected the economy that we can make a decision tonight and say we would push for that,” said Nichols.

When it comes to returning to school in the fall, Nichols says they will follow guidance from the state

“The thing we have to do between now and that time is to develop multiple plans so that we have a flexibility.”

Nichols will officially assume his position on June 1.

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