Madison County Schools Superintendent Elmer Thomas announced his intent to retire at the Board of Education meeting March 22. Thomas has served as superintendent for the past 5 school years. He intends to retire during the summer of 2018.
"It has been my honor and privilege to serve for the past 30 years in helping our students realize their dreams through education," Thomas said.
Thomas served in education as a teacher for 14 years, a high school administrator for 11 years, and superintendent for 5 years.
"These past 5 years as superintendent have been wonderful," Thomas said. "Because of your dedication, our students have achieved at their highest levels ever academically."
During Thomas' tenure as superintendent, Madison County Schools have had the following successes:
- Named a distinguished district, including six schools being named distinguished schools;
- Addition of full day kindergarten;
- Increased graduation rate;
- Increased college and career readiness rate;
- Increased ACT scores;
- Increased AP classes, including tests taken and scores earned;
- Renovations and improvements at five schools - Foley Middle, and Silver Creek, Kit Carson, White Hall, and Daniel Boone elementary schools;
- Improvements to athletic facilities, including high school tennis courts, baseball buildings, and weight rooms;
- Renovations to gym floors in several schools;
- Addition of the Waco Walking Trail;
- Parking improvements at Shannon Johnson Elementary, Madison Middle, Waco Elementary, and Madison Southern High;
- Roof replacements at almost all schools;
- Renovation of the new central office building;
- Building of Boonesborough Elementary;
- Purchase of property for entrance and parking at Madison Kindergarten Academy; and
- Building of new Berea Bus Garage.
Thomas has also been successful in engaging the Madison County community through a community-wide strategic planning event and launching of the new district logo, brand, and vision statement.
Financially, the district has made strides under Thomas as well including a successful maintenance audit, twice-monthly payroll, teacher pay increases 4 of his 5 years, only one tax increase of the full 4 percent allowed, balanced and audited budget each year, and moving the food service department from operating in the red to in the black.
"Our facilities are some of the best, if not the best, in the Commonwealth," Thomas said. "We are in a strong financial position as we look to continue to move our district forward. It is my belief that Madison County School's best days are ahead."