Superintendent Chronicle

Tuesday, July 28

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Weekly Update from Superintendent Dr. Marlon King

Long Range Planning Committee Discusses the New Pope School and School Re-Entry

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The Long Range Planning Committee Meeting for July took place yesterday at the central office board room. An informative update on plans for the new Pope School were shared during a virtual presentation by Orcutt & Winslow architect Alex Ruiz. The Pope Steering Committee members have made significant progress as a matrix has been developed along with 3 sketches for the new Pope School. Members of the Pope Steering Committee are:

  • Tracey H. Vowell - Pope Principal
  • Terrance A. Morris - Pope Asst. Principal
  • Dr. Vivian C. Williams - JMCSS Deputy Superintendent
  • Carolyn D. Stephenson - Pope teacher
  • Karen Edwards - Pope teacher
  • Dr. Teresa L. McSweeney - Principal at Rose Hill School in Jackson
  • Dorothy A. Black - Chairperson of school board long range planning committee
  • Michael B. Morris - Northeast Middle Principal
  • Catherine Korth - Leader of Assessment and Accountability


According to committee chairperson Doris Black, the new Pope School could became the district home for STEM education and Robotics at the K-8 level. The Pope project is on its way! Additionally, Dr. Williams provided members of the Long Range Planning Committee (LRPC) a detailed report on the Continuous Learning Plan.


  1. Click here to see the Continuous Learning Plan
  2. Click here to see our FAQ page regarding school re-entry

Special Called Board Meeting this Thursday

I want to make you aware of a few updates that will assist in the fulfilment of our School New Normal Initiative. A Special Called Board Meeting is being held on Thursday for our board members to discuss a number of different items. Revisions to the 2020-2021 budget, board policy and school calendar are included in those items. If you attend, be sure to wear a face covering. I want to thank our school board members for their service to our district and their display of cohesiveness over these last several weeks. These are challenging times for educational leaders due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our board members are assisting in leading the way.


Take a look at our revised school calendar below.

Student Safety Conversations

My day usually starts early. Very early (3AM early). So I can’t call my 7AM meeting last Wednesday at the Madison County Sheriff’s Office an early start. It was, however, a productive start. Deputy Superintendent Dr. Ricky Catlett and I toured the Sheriff’s office, which was recently renovated and sits in what was previously West Middle School. Dr. Catlett spent several moments reminiscing as he was principal at West Middle over a decade ago. Once the walk down memory lane was finished, we discussed school safety with Sheriff Mehr and Lt. Finney. Few things are as inspiring as a community working together. Thank you, Sheriff Mehr, for the productive conversation – and for my customized coffee mug. #UnitedWeStand #SafetyFirst

Bank of Jackson and Jackson Chamber reception

Words cannot adequately express the gratitude my family and I felt at the welcome reception on Thursday – but I will try (You know I love a good challenge). My wife and I were overwhelmed again by the support and love shown from the Jackson-Madison County community. The event provided us with an opportunity to get greet several familiar faces and make several new connections as well. I would like to thank the leadership at the Bank of Jackson and the leadership at the Jackson Chamber for extending such a sincere welcome to my family. Winning takes a team effort. It’s relationships like these that will help us #WIN! You really should #JOIN us today.
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Registration for our CyberSchool option.

Students outside of Madison County are allowed to enroll into our CyberSchool option. Acceptance is based on approval from the superintendent (that’s me). You are encouraged to register today! The deadline to register is August 1st.

FAQ Page Update

Take a look at our FAQ page updates concerning questions related to the Re-Entry Phase of our New Normal Initiative https://jmcss.org/domain/1476

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