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September 12, 2019 – Madison Receives Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting

Madison School District was recently awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) for its fiscal year 2018 comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR). In their press release, the GFOA states, “The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.”

August 28, 2019 – Madison Educators visit Uganda

A group of Madison educators visited a school in Uganda during the summer of 2019. Pictured: Madison team with the school's head-mistress (principal)

This past summer, a team of Madison educators was afforded the opportunity to visit Omuto Emmaus School near Jinja, Uganda. The team consisted of Dr. Mike Winters, Executive Director for Curriculum and Instruction, and four teachers from Madison Meadows, IB Coordinator Victoria Coughlin, Language Arts teacher Amber Bradshaw, Science teacher Alexandra Ritter, and Math teacher Christy Schwalenberg.

During the visit the team toured the school, provided training to the teachers, observed instruction, and provided feedback to the teachers and head mistress (principal). Team members interacted with students, and participated in extracurricular activities and a debate. The team was also able to bring a donation of 30 backpacks stuffed full of school supplies and each team member donated a professional book to add to the school’s library.

August 20, 2019 – Madison Park Middle School Creates New Makerspace through SRP Grant

Madison Park Middle School was one of 33 schools in Arizona selected by SRP to receive a learning grant for the 2019-2020 school year. Park was awarded $4,710 to create a new Makerspace in their library with materials such as LittleBits electronic building blocks, 3D Doodler Pens and Aquaponics Stations, among other reusable resources. These materials will enhance classroom lessons in science, math and technology, enabling students to have a more hands-on approach in their learning.

The grants were awarded through a variety of evaluators and committee from hundreds of grant applications. This year SRP will fund projects ranging from robotics to lab equipment for a total of $147,000 in local STEM/STEAM projects.

August 1, 2019 – Amy Ball Recognized as 12News A+ Teacher of the Week

Ms. Amy Ball was recently named 12News’ A+ Teacher of the Week. Amy was a kindergarten teacher at Madison Traditional Academy for 12 years and begins this school year in a new role as Assistant Principal at Madison No. 1 Middle School.

July 2019 – Madison School District Receives Notice of Re-accreditation by AdvancED

AdvancED is the largest community of education professionals in the world that conducts rigorous, on-site reviews of a variety of educational institutions and systems to ensure that all learners realize their full potential. Madison was the first elementary school district in Arizona to have been accredited by AdvancED. This past year, Madison was re-accredited and earned the highest AdvancED Index of Education Quality (IEQ) score for any education institution, internationally, in the last 5 years. Madison earned an IEQ of 323.55 compared to the previous highest score of any district, which was 283.33.

July 2019 – Madison’s Bond Rating Upgraded

Moody’s Investors Service has upgraded Madison Elementary School District’s outstanding general obligation tax bonds from Aa2 to Aa1. Madison is one of only 7 school districts in Arizona to have such a high rating from Moody’s. The upgrade to Aa1 reflects the District’s robust financial position and experienced management team in place. The rating also reflects the District’s manageable debt and pension liabilities. Madison is grateful to receive validation from Moody’s that the District is responsible stewards of taxpayer dollars as it works to help students realize their full academic, social and emotional potential.

Because of the community’s support, Madison can continue its strong tradition of academic excellence by investing money in the classroom via signature programs that meet the needs of children; programs such as Visual & Performing Arts, Spanish Immersion, International Baccalaureate, Traditional Academy, REACH (Highly Gifted) and STEAM.

Tax Rate Declines

Madison Elementary School District’s tax rate continues to decline. When compared to surrounding elementary school districts, Madison has one of the lowest Primary and Secondary tax rates.

Graph of Madison's primary and secondary tax rates for 2015-2019. Year 2015-2016: 4.6562, year 2016-2017: 4.5582, year 2017-2018: 4.4782, year 2018-2019: 4.3561