Madison County Board of Education Approves Construction Project for New Career Center, Salary Increase for Employees

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The Madison County Board of Education voted unanimously Thursday night to approve the BG-1 for the building of a new career and technology center located in Richmond.

The vote serves as the official beginning of the construction project for one of the two career and technology centers the district intends to utilize as replacement for the current Area Technology Center located on the Madison Central High School campus. The new Richmond Area Career and Technology Center will be located on Four Mile Road near the Robert R. Martin Bypass.

“We’ve already had these programs, but these new centers will help to expand those programs and grow those opportunities,” Superintendent David Gilliam said. “We are excited for the opportunities we will be able to offer our students and the ways these centers will impact our community.”

A second career and technology center is being planned for the Berea area and will be located on the campus of Farristown Middle School. When completed, the new Career and Technology Centers aim to provide students with opportunities to explore career pathways and earn certifications while completing the requirements for earning a high school diploma.

Additionally, the Board voted to approve the purchase of 8 servers to support IP cameras on the front doors at Daniel Boone, Kirksville, Kit Carson, Madison Kindergarten Academy, Shannon Johnson, Waco, White Hall, and Bellevue Learning Center. The new IP cameras will provide the opportunity for multiple device viewing and will enable the Madison County EOC to have access to the live feed at any time.

The Board of Education also voted to approve a 1% salary increase for all employees.