Muscle Shoals City Schools
June 30, 2021
Muscle Shoals City Schools Earns Cognia System Accreditation
(Muscle Shoals, AL – 6/30/2021) – Superintendent Dr. Chad Holden announced today that Muscle Shoals City Schools has earned system accreditation by Cognia™, a nonprofit organization that provides quality assurance for schools, school districts, and education service providers.
“System accreditation by the Cognia Global Accreditation Commission provides Muscle Shoals City Schools a nationally recognized mark of quality for our school system and each school within our system,” shared Dr. Holden. “It demonstrates to our community our commitment to excellence, our openness to external review and feedback, and our desire to be the best we can be on behalf of the students we serve.”
Dr. Mark A. Elgart, president and CEO of Cognia, stated, “Cognia System Accreditation is a rigorous process that focuses the entire school system and its community on the primary goal of preparing lifelong learners in engaging environments where all students can flourish. Muscle Shoals City Schools is to be commended for demonstrating that it has met high standards, and is making progress on key indicators that impact student learning.”
Cognia offers accreditation and certification, assessment, professional learning, and improvement services to institutions and other education providers. The result of the merger of AdvancED and Measured Progress, Cognia was formed to bridge the gap between school evaluation and student assessment. As a global nonprofit working in over 80 countries, our 36,000 institutions serve and support nearly 25 million students and five million educators every day. Cognia serves as a trusted partner in advancing learning for all learners. Find out more at cognia.org.
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Board of Education Meetings and Minutes Available on Website
Board of Education approves 2% pay raise for employees and adjustment to the teacher salary matrix
Both decisions were prompted by actions of the Alabama Legislature signed into law by the governor earlier this year.
During the work session, Superintendent Chad Holden explained that the pay raise and the matrix adjustment were two different actions by the Legislature and had created some confusion about how much of a pay raise everyone would receive.
"One bill gave everyone a 2% pay raise. The Education Budget bill also adjusted the minimum state salary matrix, which we already pay above, from steps 9 and up. We adjusted our matrix accordingly," Holden explained.
The superintendent added, "Before the Board's action tonight, we were paying our teachers 6% above the state matrix, and we will continue to pay them 6% above the state matrix. It's the right thing to do for our folks and keep our salary schedule competitive with other systems."
CSFO Sherry Langley told the Board that she and the superintendent had looked at the pay raise from several angles and had calculated the cost to ensure the district could afford the raises.
"We ran the numbers on a 2% raise, 4% raise, and the embedded raises like what you see in the state's education budget. We ultimately decided to recommend keeping our teachers 6% above the state matrix," Langley said.
The salary increases will go into effect at the start of the new contract year.
June Meeting of the Board of Education
Allman begins her term on the Board of Education
Allman retired as a school counselor in the Muscle Shoals City Schools in 2014, but she continued to work as a part-time consultant in the high school counseling office until 2018. Prior to working as a school counselor, she taught 4th, 5th, and 6th grades at Highland Park Elementary and what was, at the time, Avalon Middle School.
She and her husband, Rodney, have two adult children. Ashley, an attorney, lives in Atlanta with her husband, Cameron, and son, Oliver. Amber, a teacher, lives in Auburn with her husband, Josh.
Ritter named principal of MSMS
"Mrs. Ritter has been in our district a long time, and we know her well. She's been a teacher, an instructional partner, and an assistant principal, so she's worked her way through the ranks," Holden said.
Holden said that he met with the faculty senate for feedback during the hiring process.
"She definitely has a lot of support among the MSMS faculty. Especially this year, employees felt like she earned her stripes and deserved a shot at leading the school," the superintendent said.
Holden stated that the faculty also mentioned wanting consistency and continunity with the new hire.
Davis, Green promoted to assistant principal
Davis most recently worked as a history and health teacher at Muscle Shoals High School and coached various varsity sports including football and track & field. Green worked at McBride Elementary teaching 4th grade science and coached varsity softball.
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What parents need to know about Alabama’s third grade reading retention law
This article addresses frequently asked questions about the Literacy Act:
1) How will I know if my child is struggling to read on grade level?
2) Why is the retention provision set for third grade? What’s so special about third grade?
3) Does my third-grader’s promotion to fourth grade depend on whether he passes the annual statewide spring test?
4) Given the tough year kids have had because of the pandemic, why are officials still planning to hold kids back next year?
5) What happens if my child is held back in the third grade? How will another year in third grade help her?
6) Where can I read more about how I can help my child learn to read?
MSCS Retirees 2021
Lori Malone, Teacher, HGP
Deborah Ryan, CNP, HGP
Robbie Thomas, CNP, HPE
Anna Uhlman, Teacher, HPE
Terri Goins, Teacher, MES
Fannie Garner, CNP, MSMS
Scott Goodwin, Principal, MSMS
Sandra Green, CNP, MSMS
Caryn Hairell, Principal, MSCA
Melissa Bailey, Foreign Language, MSHS
Brian Kilpatrick, Social Science, MSHS
Kathy Wagnon, Secretary, MSHS