Muscle Shoals City Schools

May 24, 2022

Have a Great Summer

SUMMER Office Hours

We wish everyone a great summer break. Enjoy some rest, relaxation, and fun in the sun. The fall season will be here before we know it!

MSCS offices will transition to a four-day week for the months of June and July beginning the week of June 6, 2022. Offices will be open to the public Monday-Thursday from 7:30 until 4:30 starting June 6 and ending on July 28. All MSCS campuses will be closed on Monday, July 4 in observance of the Independence Day holiday.

Board of Education Selects Officers for 2022-2023

BOE Welcomes New Member

In April, the Muscle Shoals City Council appointed Cory King to a 5-year term on the Board of Education. King replaces Dr. Jamie Stoddard who did not seek re-appointment.

Cory is a graduate of Muscle Shoals High School and currently works as the Technology Operations Manager at First Metro Bank. He holds a B.S. degree in computer science with a minor in mathematics and a Juris Doctor degree all from the University of Alabama. He practiced law in the Shoals for two years before joining the staff at First Metro Bank.

Cory and his family attend Woodward Avenue Baptist Church. He is married to the former Karen Conn, and they have two children, Arden and Lydia. Karen teaches in the Sheffield City Schools. Cory will begin his service on the Board on June 27, 2022.

Thank you for your service, Dr. Stoddard

WHEREAS, Dr. Jamie Stoddard served as a member of the Muscle Shoals Board of Education for five years; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Stoddard served in the capacities of both President and Vice President; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Stoddard displayed initiative and professionalism with students, parents, and employees of Muscle Shoals City Schools; and

WHEREAS, the young people of Muscle Shoals have been the beneficiaries of the conscientious leadership demonstrated by Dr. Stoddard; and

WHEREAS, the current term of office for Dr. Stoddard will be concluded in May of 2022:

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Muscle Shoals Board of Education wishes to express its appreciation and congratulations to Dr. Stoddard for his outstanding contributions as a representative of the citizens of Muscle Shoals on the Board of Education; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be entered into the minutes of the Muscle Shoals Board of Education and that a copy be presented to Dr. Jamie Stoddard.

Board Honors State and National Student Achievements

It’s always good to recognize student achievement at a BOE meeting. MSHS students, Aliyah Willams-State Championship Discus, Percussion Ensemble-National Gold Medalists, Rocketry Team-20th in the Nation #DrivingDownStakes #TheNextLevel

Superintendent announces $10k, $30k, and $65k in awards

  • Highland Park Elementary will receive $10,000 in funding for P.E. equipment through the BeHealthy School Grant Program sponsored by BCBS of Alabama. (Grant written by Dr. Wes Pounders and Coach Jill Green)
  • Muscle Shoals Career Academy will receive $30,000 in funding for a summer job coach sponsored by the state's Work Based Learning Innovation Grant Program. (Grant written by Tiffany Stonecipher)
  • Muscle Shoals City Schools will receive $65,000 in funding for our existing IDEA pre-K program sponsored by the Office of Student Readiness. (Grant written by Dr. Denise Woods)

Board hires staff for new Muscle Shoals pre-K center

By Russ Corey, TimesDaily

MUSCLE SHOALS — Board of education members on May 9 took another step toward the development of the new Alabama First Class Pre-K center, hiring six new teachers and a staff member during a special called meeting.

Superintendent of Education Chad Holden said the board approved the hiring of three "lead teachers," three "auxiliary teachers" and a clerical aid. Holden said each of the school's four classes will have two teachers — a lead teacher and an auxiliary teacher.

"We also hired a clerical aide to work the front desk," Holden said. "We still have to make decisions about custodial services and the nutrition program, and somebody to be the one who directs the program. We're excited to put this into place.

Holden said renovations have begun at the former First Church of the Nazarene on Sixth Street that will house the new school.

Assistant Superintendent Denise Woods said the lead teacher is the certified teacher in the classroom, while the auxiliary teacher works as a partner. "In the First Class Pre-K world, they require an adult for every nine children, so you have to have two teachers in the classroom," Woods said. "In a school system like ours, the lead teacher has to be certified in pre-school."

The auxiliary teacher also must be certified, she said. They can do three early childhood courses at a community college, or they can have an associate degree in child development from a community college.

"We're going to have a little bit of both of that," Woods said.

Holden said the lead teachers who were hired Monday are Gina Carr, Bethany Pettus and Meagan Shirley. The three auxiliary teachers are Kiara Goodloe, Kimberly Murphy and Tamara Powell. Holden said Haley Green was hired as the clerical aide.

To read the full article, click here.

WAAY 31 on the Rise of Pre-K in Alabama

May Meeting of the Board of Education

Board Meeting - May 2022

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.

New Coaches Take the Helm

BOE Approves 2022-2023 Academic Calendar

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Next Regular Monthly Meeting

June 27, 2022
5:30 p.m. Work Session with Meeting to follow

Board Auditorium

3200 S. Wilson Dam Road, Muscle Shoals

Meeting Schedule

Meetings for 2022-2023
The BOE approved the schedule below at the annual meeting on May 23.


Monday, June 27

Monday, July 25

Monday, August 22 - Budget Hearing #1

Monday, September 12 - Budget Hearing #2

Monday, October 24

Thursday, November 17- - due to Thanksgiving break

Thursday, December 15- - due to Christmas break


Monday, January 23

Monday, February 27

Monday, March 20 - - due to Spring Break

Monday, April 24

Monday, May 22

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