Muscle Shoals City Schools

September 14, 2021

School Spotlight: Highland Park Elementary

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Todd Meckes appointed Chief Technology Officer

Current MSCS Technology Specialist Todd Meckes will become the district's Chief Technology Officer effective October 1. He replaces Kevin Stephenson, who is retiring.

The Board of Education approved Superintendent Chad Holden's recommendation to promote Meckes on Monday night.

"Todd has worked in our system for a lot of years. He knows and understands our tech infrastructure and has the important relationships with employees already established. Having worked so closely with Kevin Stephenson, he's ready to hit the ground running on day one," Holden said.

Darby Lindsay joins MSMS faculty

The Board of Education has approved the hiring of Darby Lindsay as a 6th grade teacher at Muscle Shoals Middle School effective September 13. Lindsay replaces Alicia Whitehead who accepted a job as a middle school specialist with AMSTI.

Lindsay, a graduate of the University of North Alabama, most recently taught at Red Bay High School where she also served as the head coach of the varsity girls basketball team.

Darby and her husband, Daniel, currently reside in Red Bay but plan to move to the Shoals soon. Welcome, Darby Lindsay!

Missy Davis hired as Secretary/Bookkeeper at McBride Elementary

At Monday's meeting, the Board of Education approved the hiring of Missy Davis as secretary/bookkeeper at McBride Elementary, effective October 1. She replaces Sharon Franck, who is retiring.

Davis is currently the secretary/bookkeeper at Sheffield Junior High School.

Missy and her husband, William, live in Muscle Shoals and have two children, Savannah (12th) and Sawyer (9th). Welcome, Missy Davis!

Mask Requirement Extended Until October 1, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.

The Muscle Shoals Board of Education met on 9/13/21 and approved my recommendation to extend the mask requirement for three more weeks, expiring on Friday, October 1, at 5:00 p.m. Our sincere hope is that the level of community spread and number of positive cases of coronavirus across the district decreases to the point that we can transition back to a mask preferred policy soon.

We fully understand and recognize that COVID is something that will be with us in the foreseeable future, and that we must learn to live our lives, work our jobs, and operate our schools with COVID as a concern for our health and safety. It's also why vaccinating against COVID-19, if your doctor recommends it, is so vitally important.

Since the pandemic started, a lot that we think or know about the virus has changed. The three basic protocols for slowing the spread, however, have remained the same: masking in close situations, social distancing, and good hygiene.

In the last four weeks, we have seen the highest rates of positivity in our communities that we've seen during the pandemic. Ninety percent of Alabama schools are now operating with some form of a mask requirement. Alabama’s K-12 schools saw more than 8,400 new COVID-19 cases last week, eclipsing the highest weekly total of roughly 4,000 cases recorded at the height of the pandemic last year.

With a more contagious variant, low (but rising) vaccination rates, and less community-wide mitigation, the surge has placed an unfortunate strain on our healthcare and education systems. However, we are optimistic that a plateau to the current surge is around the corner.

For the next three weeks, we will continue the same expectation of universal masking for all students, staff, and visitors when inside our buildings and when within 6 feet of a person from another household. We will reassess in a few weeks and decide on or before October 1, 2021, whether or not to extend the mask requirement or move back to a mask preferred policy.

We appreciate your continued understanding and cooperation as we prioritize health and safety in these challenging times.

Dr. Chad Holden

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Publix Raises almost $10,000 for Muscle Shoals City Schools

Thank you, Muscle Shoals Publix Supermarket! On Thursday of last week, store managers dropped by the MSBOE Central Office and presented Superintendent Chad Holden with a check for $9,920 for MSCS classrooms! This money was raised through a customer giving campaign. Thank you, customers of Muscle Shoals Publix for being so generous with your giving.

Board of Education Meetings and Minutes Available on Website

Go to this link anytime to view past meetings of the Muscle Shoals Board of Education or to read the minutes of each meeting.

September Meeting of the Board of Education

MSCS September Board Meeting

Budget Highlights

MSCS Enrollment Total as of August 26: 2,853

Total Number of Staff: 320

Number of Certified Staff: 225
Teachers with Advanced Degrees: 82%
Average Teacher Experience: 14.76 Years

Revenue by Source

State $19.97 million

Federal $6.9 million

Local $12.8 million

Other $1.1 million

Instructional Services: $21.4 million (55%)
Instructional Support: $7 million (18%)

Operations/Maintenance: $2.6 million (7%)

Transportation/CNP: $2.6 million (7%)

Admin Services: $1.6 million (4%)

Capital Outlay: $1.5 million (4%)
Debt Service: $993,337 (3%)

Other Expenditures: $1.1 million (2%)
Total: $39 million

Per Pupil Expenditures
FY20 $10,935

Project Per Pupil Expenditures FY21 = $11,666; FY22 = $11,855

Classroom Instructional Supports
Instructional Resources, $700 per teacher
Technology, $500 per teacher
Library Enhancement, $157.72 per teacher
Professional Development, $100 per teacher
Textbooks, $75 per student

Estimated general fund balance: $5.06 million
Estimated "one month" operating expenses: $2.3 million
Projected Reserve Fund Balance: 2.21 months (required by law to have 1 month)

Financial Accountability

  • Financial audits conducted by independent CPA firm.
  • Monthly financial statements and expenditures are presented and approved by the BOE.
  • Financial statements and check registers are accessible via the district website
  • Annual accountability reports are available to the public in December.

Comments or Questions regarding MSCS Budget

Complete the "response to review" form for public feedback or questions. Submit to CSFO Sherry Langley at or call 256-389-2600 Ext. 1020.

Next Regular Monthly Meeting

5:30 p.m. Work Session with Meeting to follow

Board Auditorium

3200 S. Wilson Dam Road, Muscle Shoals

Meeting Schedule

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