Activities And Programs
Important Documents

Long-Range Plan (pdf,97kb)

2014-2015 School Board Approved Budget

Per Pupil Expenditure (pdf, 24kb)

2013-14 School Board Approved - Budget Exectutive Summary (pdf, 5kb)
2013-14 School Board Approved - Budget Expenses (pdf, 44kb)
2013-14 School Board Approved - Budget Revenues (pdf, 51kb)

Additional School Board documents are available thorughout this website as well as through BoardDocs.

Upcoming Events

Downloadable Calendar

Board Approved - 2013-14
(pdf, 72kb) 


Board Approved - 2014-15
(pdf, 72kb)


Camp Unakite … STEM making a difference

In its third year, Camp Unakite is a grant-funded STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and  Math) educational opportunity for rising third through fifth grade students.  Held at historic Graves Mountain Lodge, students explore our natural world through STEM.

Two camps – each lasting four days – accommodate a total of 70 students.  Additionally, each student is given a STEM book to explore our world with families.

Activities include:

  • Animal Studies         
  • Geospatial Navigation
  • Mineral Understanding and Soil Investigations
  • Natural Environs                     
  • Physical Movement
  • Water Movement and Water Cleanliness

New this year, students also investigated volcanic eruptions and physics involving sensitive object protection.

Camp Leaders include:

  • Madison County High School Teacher Ashley Unger (Week 1)
  • Madison Primary School Teacher Ben Breeden – Lead (Weeks 1 &2)
  • Madison Primary School Teacher Shanna Kline (Weeks 1 &2)
  • Waverly Yowell Elementary School Teacher Adam Midock (Weeks 1 &2)
  • Wetsel Middle School Teacher Jen Rehm (Week 2)                     
  • Wetsel Middle School Teacher Marissa Basile (Weeks 1 &2)

Student mentors are selected from rising grade 7 and 8 students.

This is an amazing opportunity for our children - and, unique to Madison.  No one in the world has a Camp Unakite.  - Superintendent Eberhardt

Unakite is a form of granite consisting of quartz, pink feldspar and green epidote.  It can be found as pebbles from glacial drift in the beach rock on the shores of Lake Superior and in Virginia’s river valleys after having been washed down from the Blue Ridge Mountains.  Unakite, found in Madison, is also found in South Africa, Sierra Leone, Brazil, and China. 

Virginia’s Division of Mineral Resources lists the Rose River as a unakite area.


School Board Communications

The School Board met on Monday, July 8, 2013 for their regular monthly meeting.


The Board recognized James and Carrie Sanderson, who resigned from their positions at WMS, for their years of service.

Presented to the Board as Information:

  • A discussion regarding the PK-12 program of studies for libraries/media centers and their roles for the future.
  • School Board meeting schedule for 2013-2014 to include planning/work sessions, School Board visits to schools and a public hearing for the upcoming budget season.

The following items were approved by the Board:

  • Policy Updates - Click here
  • An increase of $.10 in lunch prices for all schools for 2013-14 as mandated by the USDA.
  • "Introduction to Sports Medicine and Athletic Training" textbook was adopted for the Sports Medicine class for MCHS.
  • Mr. Nelson was selected as the voting delegate and Mr. Early as the alternate for the Virginia School Boards Association annual conference in November, 2013.
  • Personnel to include two teaching positions at WMS and one at MCHS.
  • The toilet renovation project bid for WMS & MCHS was awarded to Crenshaw Construction Company, Inc., with a bid of $189,900.  This is $70,391 under the budgeted amount of $269.291. 
  • The continued membership in the Virginia High School League for 2013-14.

The Board went into closed session to discuss the consideration of coaching contracts and a personnel issue.

After the closed session, the Board approved the fall coaching stipends and Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) Plans for Cheerleading, Cross Country, Football, Golf and Volleyball.


17th Consecutive Wells Fargo Cup

Madison County High School students once again brings home the Wells Fargo Cup for Academics.  In the 24-year history of the Wells Fargo Cup (previously known as the Wachovia Cup), Madison students have claimed first place for the last 17 years.  Over the last 20-year period, Madison County has earned 19 Cups.

"Winners of the Wells Fargo Cup are determined by a point system based on performance in Virginia High School League (VHSL) competitions.  Schools can earn academic activity points for outstanding participation in scholastic bowl, creative writing, theatre, forensics, debate, newspaper, yearbook and magazine...

Madison County (185) once again claimed the top spot in Group A finishing 85 points ahead of second place Randolph-Henry (100).  Madison County students claimed a first place finish in forensics along with top five finishes in debate and creative writing, to go along with Trophy Class in yearbook, while taking home points in magazine and news magazine."

We are proud!


School Board Communications

The School Board met on Monday, June 10, 2013 for their regular monthly meeting.


The following retirees were recognized for their valuable service with Madison County Public Schools:

Kathryn Blankenbaker - MCHS
Bina Fears - SBO
Sarah Henshaw - MCHS
Nancy Lowey - MCHS
Nancy Price - MCHS
Susan Taylor - MPS

Linda Weakley - MCHS

Presented to the Board as Information:

  • School Board policies: 78 policies are being updated.  Majority of the changes are to reflect recent changes in VA Code.
  • A USDA mandated $.10 increase in school lunch prices for all schools.
  • Textbook adoption for the new Sports Medicine class for MCHS.  Textbooks are on display in room 18 of the SBO until July 8, 2013.
The following items were approved by the Board:
  • An additional School Board meeting scheduled for June 26, 2013 at 6:00pm at the SBO to approve claims, personnel and bids.
  • An increase of $100 in out-of-district tuition rates for 2013-2014.  New rate is $4,300 per year.
  •  The consortium agreement for migrant students for 2013-2014.  We partner with the Albemarle Regional Migrant Education Program to identify students and provide support to migrant students.
  • The Federal Program plans which include Title I - Improving Basic Reading Program and Title II - Teacher Quality for 2013-2014.
  • The superintendent's designee (Mr. Allan McLearen) for the 2013-2014 school year.
  • Two Local Choice plans for 2013-2014 (the $250 and $500 deductible plans) and set the tiered contribution rates.
  • Personnel to include three appointments and one resignation.
  • Rejected all bids received for the William Wetsel Middle School renovation project.  All bids received were in excess of $1,000,000 over the funds available for this project.
  • Amended the CIP to redefine the bathroom projects from basic ADA upgrades to bathroom  upgrades and add additional bathroom renovations at Madison County High School.

The Board went into Closed Session to discuss a legal issue and a release from compulsory attendance.  A home-school student was released from compulsory attendance.


Donald Hitt Receives Third Diamond Award

The Virginia District of the National Forensics League (NFL) congratulates Donald Hitt of Madison County High School on achieving his third Diamond Award!  This award represents the attainment of over 600,000 NFL points by by his students over the years that he has been coaching.  Mr. Hitt is currently the only triple diamond coach in Virginia.

A diamond award recognizes a professional career that combines excellence and longevity.  The league provides diamond awards based on coach points received.  Coaches receive one-tenth of the points earned by their students and one-tenth of the points earned as a student member of the league.  After a minimum of five years as a league member, a coach who attains 1,500 points is awarded a first diamond; they receive a second diamond for 3,000 points, a third for 6,000 points, etc.  Five years must pass between each diamond award.

Please join us in congratulating Mr. Hitt on this outstanding achievement!