Madison City Schools Names New Chief Over Academics
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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Dr. Heather Donaldson, Coordinator of Secondary Education for Madison City Schools, has been named Chief Academic Officer for the school system. The MCS Board of Education approved Dr. Donaldson’s hiring for the new position on the recommendation of Superintendent Robby Parker.
The Chief Academic Officer will oversee the growing school district’s total academic programs, working closely with the elementary and secondary instruction teams, math specialists and other programs.
Board President Ranae Bartlett said it’s important to have a position like Chief Academic Officer to have the entire instructional program aligned.
“She is an outstanding educator,” Mr. Parker said.
Dr. Heather Donaldson at podium accepting appointment
Dr. Heather Donaldson, Chief Academic Officer for Madison City Schools

Dr. Donaldson was a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Alabama in Huntsville when hired in 2005 to teach and to also coach women’s golf at Bob Jones High School. She has been assistant principal at Madison Elementary, Bob Jones and James Clemens High School with extensive involvement in curriculum, scheduling, assessment, Career Tech,  Advanced Placement offerings, and many other areas.

Other hirings on the agenda included several teaching and staff positions, as well as the new Instructional Partner (Stacey Humes) for Discovery Middle School. Mr. Parker reported that enrollment nearing the end of the first week of school stands at 10,660 students.

Also at the Board meeting were presentations by several groups.
Elizabeth Fleming, executive director of the The Schools Foundation, presented a $28,000 check to Superintendent Parker to support Madison City’s stellar work in offering Advanced Placement classes, which now number 31.

Several teachers and students from the EL (English Learner) program gave some impressive testimony about the experience and the benefit to students.
Also, Mike Doyle with the Optimist Club in Madison presented grant checks to several schools, supporting programs such as peer helpers, band, assistance to families and students in crisis and others.
The next regular board meeting is Aug. 24.

Elizabeth Fleming with Robby Parker handing over a check
 Superintendent Robby Parker accepting a $28K check from Elizabeth Dotts Fleming
From The Schools Foundation.

English Learners teachers and students standing in front of Board room
Superintendent Robby Parker, Dr. Natalia Dooley and EL summer program director Angie Bush
along with teachers and students of the program

Optimist Club President Mike Doyle with schools representatives receiving grant checks
Mike Doyle (far right) with the Optimist Club of Madison presented grants from the
club for various programs at Bob Jones and James Clemens high schools, Madison
and West Madison Elementary, and Liberty Middle School.

Robby Parker, Eric Terrell and Ranae Bartlett pictured with Dr. Heather Donaldson
L-R) Eric Terrell, Assistant Superintendent of Madison City Schools;
Dr. Heather Donaldson, Chief Academic Officer, Schools Superintendent Robby Parker
and MCS Board of Education President Ranae Bartlett.,