Muscle Shoals City Schools

October 14, 2022

Spotlight on Muscle Shoals High School

Muscle Shoals High School - Highlight Video

Muscle Shoals Again Ranks Among Best in the Niche Rankings

The Muscle Shoals City Schools again ranks among the state's best public schools according to the recently released 2023 Niche Rankings. Go to for a comprehensive view of state and national schools, colleges, and universities.

Superintendent Chad Holden says the district has been a consistent contender among the top Niche schools for many years.

"Niche is one of many metrics out there that validates that hard work that occurs in our schools each day. Our teachers and students earned the praise by the outside organizations. We also have wonderful parents who pour into their children and support our schools," the superintendent said.

Top Rankings According to Niche

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MSMS Football Team Defeated Liberty 22-16 in OT to claim the Tennessee Valley Middle School Championship on Thursday!

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Vollebyall Team Advances to Regional Play in Huntsville

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Pre-K Celebration Fun

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Muscle Shoals shows off new early learning center on Oct. 6

By Russ Corey

MUSCLE SHOALS — When Chad Holden became superintendent of Muscle Shoals City schools in July 2020, he began discussions about how he and others school system officials could leave the system better than they found it.

They also discussed how to invest money in the system where it would have the biggest impact.

"We kept coming back to expanding our Pre-K program," Holden told a group gathered at the system's new Early Learning Center Thursday.

The school system had one Pre-K class, but lacked space at Howell Graves Preschool to expand.

"A school system our size and a city our size with one (Office of School Readiness) Pre-K, it was just unacceptable to me," Holden said.

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City and school system leaders at the official ribbon cutting

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Front row (L to R): Councilman Willis Thompson, McBride Principal Britney Schneider, BOE President Celia Rudolph, Board Vice President Marilyn Granville-Davis, CSFO Sherry Langley, MSMS Principal Dianna Ritter, Webster Principal Jason Simmons, MSHS Principal Kevin Davis, and MSCS Maintenance Supervisor Terry Pearson.

Back row (L to R): Highland Park Principal Wes Pounders, Assistant Superintendent Kelli Nichols, Mayor Mike Lockhart, Superintendent Chad Holden, ELC Director Denise Woods, BOE Member Cory King, Student Services Director Richard Templeton

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October Meeting of the Board of Education

Board Meeting - October 2022

From the Superintendent's Report 10/13/22

  • National Merit Scholar Recognition Program

    • Semifinalists: Riley Davis, Trey Stoddard, and Henry Waldrop

    • Commended Students: Turner Brook and Cole Heatherly

  • October is a month filled with recognitions

    • School Lunch Week (Oct. 10-14)

    • School Bus Safety Week (Oct. 17-21)

    • National Principals Month

  • The District received a $67,500 cybersecurity grant that allowed us to appoint a Network Administrator and hire an additional technology staff member. Thanks to the state for recognizing the need and to Todd Meckes for writing the grant.

  • I would like to congratulate the following school board members for achievements in the Alabama Association of School Boards Academy:

    • Master Board Member, 2nd Year (Date Plate) Dr. Celia Rudolph

    • Master Board Member, 4th Year (Date Plate) Mr. Clayton Wood

    • Level (Certificate) Dr. Marilyn Davis

    • Level (Certificate) Mrs. Sonya Allman

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It's been fun celebrating our school lunch heroes this week!

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City and school leaders joined in on School Lunch Week

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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.

2022-2023 Academic Calendar

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Next Regular Monthly Meeting

November 17, 2022
5:30 p.m. Work Session with Meeting to follow

Board Auditorium

3200 S. Wilson Dam Road, Muscle Shoals

Meeting Schedule


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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