Superintendent Outlines Challenges, Victories In ‘State Of The Schools’ Address

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MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - Overcrowding, a lack of funding and a long list of capital improvement projects are some of the challenges the Madison County School District faces, according to its superintendent.

Dr. David Copeland told the crowd of teachers, parents and fellow administrators  despite the challenges the district faces, he is ecstatic with the growth he has seen.

The State of the Madison County Schools presentation Thursday evening at the U. S. Space and Rocket Center in the Davidson Center 3D Theater was a way for the district to highlight some of the things they hope to get done in the next few years.

There are currently 19,891 students enrolled in the district. Copeland says that is a double-edged sword.

"Growth is great, having more students is a good thing, but now we have to try to figure out how to house all of them when we are already experiencing overcrowding in several of our buildings," Copeland said.

Sparkman High School is a building the superintendent says already has overcrowding and would like to build a new high school in that area. He said that would cost between 40 and 50 million dollars, money they do not have. There are plans to possibly add an addition to the current building to house some of the extra curricular activities.

While there are challenges, Copeland praised his staff, students and teachers for pushing forward and doing the best with the limited resources they have been given. He says they are the key to the district performing well over the last year.

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