Madison County Schools, Alabama

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Madison County Schools
Huntsville, Alabama
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District Profile
Superintendent:David Copeland
Enrollment:19,320 students
Graduation rate:86%[1]
Number of schools:29
Budget: $197.8 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Jeff Anderson
Board members:5
Term length:6
Madison County Schools is a school district in the state of Alabama that served 19,320 students during the 2013-2014 school year.[2][3] This district is the eighth-largest school district by enrollment in the state of Alabama.

About the district

Madison County Schools is located in Madison County, Alabama
Madison County Schools is located in Madison County, Alabama. The county seat of Madison County is Huntsville. Madison County is home to 346,892 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[4]


Madison County outperformed the rest of Alabama in terms of higher education achievement in 2013. The United States Census Bureau found that 37.8 percent of Madison County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 22.3 percent for Alabama as a whole. The median household income in Madison County was $58,242 compared to $43,160 for the state of Alabama. The poverty rate in Madison County was 12.4 percent compared to 18.1 percent for the entire state.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2013[4]
Race Madison County (%) Alabama (%)
White 69.6 70.0
Black or African American 24.5 26.5
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.8 0.7
Asian 2.5 1.2
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 2.4 1.5
Hispanic or Latino 4.7 4.1

Presidential Voting Pattern, Madison County[5]
Year Republican Vote Democratic Vote
2012 90,884 62,015
2008 86,965 64,117
2004 77,173 52,644
2000 62,151 48,199

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.[6][7]


The superintendent of Madison County Schools is David Copeland. Appointed to the position in March 2012, Copeland has served in various roles in the educational field since 1979, including teacher, coach, principal and director of education. Copeland has a bachelor's degree in education from Evangel University, master's degree in business management from Webster University, specialist degree in educational administration from Missouri State University, and doctorate of educational leadership/superintendent degree from Liberty University.[8]

The position of superintendent is elected in Madison County. Copeland was defeated in his bid for re-election in the June 3, 2014, Republican primary, coming in third to Buckhorn High School math teacher Matt Massey and Sparkman Middle School principal Ronnie Blair. Massey won the general election on July 15, 2014, and will assume office on January 1, 2015.[9][10]

School board

Madison County schools are overseen by a five-member board elected to six-year terms by geographic electoral districts.

Madison County Schools Board of Education
Member District Assumed Office Term Ends
Dan Nash 1 2012 2018
Angie Bates 2 2012 2018
Mary Louise Stowe 3 2006 2020
David Vess 4 2010 2016
Jeff Anderson 5 1998 2016

School board elections

See also: Madison County Schools, Alabama elections (2014)

Members of the Madison County Schools school board are elected to six-year terms. Elections are held each even year. One seat were up for election in 2014 and two seats are up for election in 2016.

Public participation in board meetings

The Madison County Schools school board does not maintain their policy manual on their website, but do provide the following information on public testimony during board meetings:

The public is welcome to attend all Board of Education meetings. Those who wish to make presentations to the Board are asked to write the Office of the Superintendent, Madison County Board of Education, P.O. Box 226, Huntsville, Alabama 35804, at least three days prior to the meeting.[11]

—Madison County Schools website, (2014)[12]


The table below displays the budget for Madison County Schools:[13]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2013-2014 $118,963,945 56.4% $25,493,814 12.1% $49,282,885 23.4% $12,198,732 5.8% $4,821,926 2.3% $210,761,305
2014-2015 $93,678,899 47.3% $26,259,130 13.3% $41,762,091 21.1% $12,496,371 6.3% $23,686,954 12% $197,883,445
Averages: $106,321,422 52% $25,876,472 13% $45,522,488 22% $12,347,551.5 6% $14,254,440 7% $204,322,375

Teacher Salaries

Madison County Schools employed 1,252 teachers during the 2011-2012 school year.[3] These charts detail teacher salaries according to the 2014-2015 teacher salary schedule.[14]

Salary structure 187 day contract
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
Bachelor's 36,871 53,083
Master's 42,400 60,003
Ed. Specialist/AA 45,717 63,073
Doctoral 49,037 67,170
Salary structure 202 day contract
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
Bachelor's 39,829 57,341
Master's 45,802 64,816
Ed. Specialist/AA 49,385 69,073
Doctoral 52,971 72,559
Salary structure 212 day contract
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
Bachelor's 41,801 60,180
Master's 48,070 68,025
Ed. Specialist/AA 51,830 72,493
Doctoral 55,593 76,150
Salary structure 12 month contract
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
Bachelor's 47,322 68,128
Master's 54,418 77,009
Ed. Specialist/AA 58,676 82,067
Doctoral 62,935 86,208

Schools in Madison County


Madison County Schools served 19,320 students in 29 schools during the 2013–2014 school year. The district experienced an increase in enrollment from the 2004-2005 to 2010-2011 school years before seeing a slight decrease for two years and then a slight increase.[2]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2004-2005 17,620
2005-2006 18,151 2.9
2006-2007 18,754 3.2
2007-2008 19,146 2.0
2008-2009 19,349 1.0
2009-2010 19,547 1.0
2010-2011 19,666 0.6
2011-2012 19,506 -0.8
2012-2013 19,290 -1.1
2013-2014 19,320 0.2

District schools

Madison County operates 29 schools listed below in alphabetical order:

Academic performance

Starting with the 2013-2014 school year, the Alabama Department of Education replaced the No Child Left Behind Act with Plan 2020, a new way of measuring student achievement in the state. In addition to eliminating the Alabama High School Graduation Exam as the only path to graduation and switching to college and career readiness standards to judge student progress, Plan 2020 set achievement goals meant to close the achievement gap between students from different socioeconomic backgrounds. While the No Child Left Behind Act set the goal of having 100 percent of all students be proficient in math and reading, Plan 2020 set different proficiency goals for students based on subgroups. There are nine subgroups within the plan: American Indian, Asian/Pacific Islander, Hispanic, black, white, multi-race, English language learners, poverty and special education. Plan 2020 gave each subgroup an improvement goal for each year from its start in 2013 until 2020. Under the plan, all students will be at the same proficiency level by 2020.[15][16]

As of November 18, 2014, academic performance information was not available through the Alabama Department of Education's website. An April 25, 2014, posting on the department website stated the information would be available soon.[17]

Contact information

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Madison County Schools
1275 Jordan Road
Huntsville, AL 35804
Phone: 256-852-2557

See also

External links

Suggest a link


  1. Alabama State Department of Education, "Accountability Documents and Reports," accessed November 18, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 Alabama State Department of Education, "Enrollment by Ethnicity and Gender (System Level)," accessed November 20, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 National Center for Education Statistics, "Madison County, Alabama," accessed November 21, 2014 (timed out)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 United States Census Bureau, "Madison County, Alabama," accessed September 10, 2014
  5. Alabama Secretary of State, "Election Information," accessed September 11, 2014
  6. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  7. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off from being exactly 100 percent. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
  8. Dr. David Copeland, "Meet Dr. Copeland," accessed November 21, 2014
  9., "Matt Massey wins Madison County superintendent race in landslide victory," July 15, 2014
  10., "'I'd be looking for a job,' board member says of ousted Madison County Superintendent David Copeland," June 12, 2014
  11. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  12. Madison County Schools, "About the Board," accessed November 21, 2014
  13. Madison County Schools, "Combined Budget for Revenues, Expenditures, and Changes in Fund Balances," accessed December 11, 2014 (timed out)
  14. Madison County Schools, "2014-2015 Salary Schedule," accessed November 21, 2014 (timed out)
  15. Tuscaloosa News, "Plan 2020 brings praise, criticism," July 3, 2013
  16. Cullman Times, "Education Revolution: How Plan 2020 Could Reshape Education in Alabama," December 9, 2012
  17. Alabama State Department of Education, "Accountability > All What's New in Accountability​," accessed November 18, 2014