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Community Letter

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February 28, 2015

One of the goals of Madison Consolidated Schools Board of Trustees, administration, faculty, and staff is to provide clear, concise, accurate information to our public at all times.  

Madison Consolidated Schools is very grateful to have a very large number of students, parents, industry, small business, and community leaders who believe in and support the vision and strategic framework Madison Consolidated Schools is implementing within our district for the students of Jefferson County.

We continue to invite questions and encourage dialog between our community and our board, administrators, faculty, and staff.  Again, we want to ensure our communication is as effective as possible, in full context, in order to answer questions and clarify all information.  We encourage all members of our community to attend school board meetings in order to stay informed and shape an opinion based on first hand information.  In the event you cannot attend meetings, they can be viewed, in entirety, online at www.wkmnews.com,, on Channel 15, and they are accessible via a link from the MCS_Indiana Facebook page.

While we cannot control what is recorded and published by the general public, we feel a responsibility to provide video documentation to our community which we know to be factual and unedited.  As a point of clarification, a portion of  language from a section of the Madison Consolidated Schools Board Policy addressing recorded media applies only to the Board of Trustees, school employees, and any entity who is under contract for goods and/or services with Madison Consolidated Schools.  The policy does not apply to the general public.  The intent of the policy and the manner in which the Board applied the policy is in accordance with Title 5, Article 14, Chapter 1.5 of Indiana Code and meets the requirement of the Indiana Open Door Law.  In order to further clarify the Board’s intent, revision of the language within Board Policy 0167.3 will be necessary and we appreciate the opportunity to revisit this item.

We encourage our community to attend meetings, ask questions, and engage in productive, constructive dialog.  We will continue to actively seek feedback and implement our vision and strategic framework which will best address the needs of Jefferson County students in order to provide a foundation for success.

Sincerely,

Ashley Schutte, Communications Coordinator
Madison Consolidated Schools

 
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MCS & Community Partners Participate in Regional Discussion

Madison Consolidated Schools and community partners JCIDC, Madison Precision Products and Ivy Tech have been invited to participate in the 2015 Postsecondary Pathways: Connecting Education to Careers for Student Success regional conference.

Sponsored by The Indiana Youth Institute, Indiana Chamber of Commerce, Center for Excellence in Leadership of Learning, and the Indiana Works Council Region 9, this regional panel brings together K-12 educators, corporations, employers, youth-serving professionals, and state and regional government agencies in order to discuss how to connect Hoosier students with education and career counseling and training that fit their skills and interests.

Local community leaders Dr. Ginger Studebaker-Bolinger, Superintendent, Madison Consolidated Schools, Nathan Hadley, Executive Director, JCIDC, Kevin Turner, Vice President, Madison Precision Products, and Katie Mote, President, Madison Campus-Ivy Tech Community College will discuss ways they are partnering to align resources, create meaningful internship and apprenticeship programs, and advance educational initiatives which are demand-driven by business partners.

Keynote speakers include Chris Lowry, Chancellor, Ivy Tech Community College and Theresa Lubbers, Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education. Other notable speakers are Kim Ryan, President, Batesville, Linda Kaiser, JP Morgan Chase, John Harmeyer, Jr., Director of Plant Operations and Jeremy Owens, Manager of Plant Human Resources, Batesville, Andy Allen, Principal, Batesville High School, Hank Ahaus, Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and High School Relations, Ivy Tech community College, and Carla Enzinger, Human Resource Manager, Batesville Tool & Die.

Through panel discussions, keynote presentations, and group networking, attendees will be connected to resources that will enhance their ability to educate and train students to successfully pursue the postsecondary careers that exist within the region and the state. Madison Consolidated Schools, Batesville Community Schools, and these business partners were hand selected to participate in this panel in order to share their learning and successes with their established, ongoing academic pathways, college & career readiness programs, and community partnership initiatives.

Included is an optional plant tour of a local manufacturing facility including Batesville, Batesville Tool & Die or Heartwood Manufacturing. This will give attendees the opportunity to see a sophisticated, technologically advanced manufacturing facility and learn more about the types of jobs that are available and how students can prepare for those jobs. The event will be held at the Batesville High School on February 11, 2015. Registration is $10 per person. You can view details and register online at 2015 Postsecondary Pathways registration
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