Madison voters put incumbent and newcomer on school board

  • Michael D. Clark
  • Staff Writer
Nov 08, 2017
First-time school board candidate William Chad Norvell (left) and current board member Paul Jennewine won the two open seats on the governing board of Madison Local Schools.

Voters in Madison Schools returned an incumbent and placed a newcomer on the district’s governing board Tuesday.

Current board member Paul Jennewine and first-time school board candidate William Chad Norvell won the two open seats on the governing board of the rural Butler County school system.

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Jennewine tallied 46 percent of the vote and Norvell received 28 percent, according to unofficial results from the Butler County Board of Elections.

Norvell previously shared with the Journal-News his criticisms of the annual student testing mandated by the Ohio Department of Education.

“My mission is to help bring our Ohio report card to an A rating for all state standards and help aide our excellent teachers in doing that as well,” said Norvell.

“That being said, we are concentrating too much on testing and teaching towards state tests, therefore, the state system has lost sight of teaching for education. We are teaching for state standards and ratings rather than our curriculum. I would like to see more autonomy in the classroom returning control to our teachers and administrators enabling them to focus on the core curriculum of our district,” he said.