Area 3 Board Trustee Mr. Madison Set to Retire After Having Served for 20 Years as a Champion of Diversity and Equity
ELK GROVE, Calif. – December 11, 2020 – The Elk Grove Unified School District (EGUSD) heartily thanks board member, Chet Madison, Sr., for 20 years of service representing Trustee Area 3, the Valley High Region. Mr. Madison expressed his retirement plans earlier this year and during the November 17, 2020 EGUSD Board of Education Meeting, the Superintendent and fellow board members reflected on his many contributions to public education for thousands of students.
Superintendent Christopher R. Hoffman recognized Mr. Madison saying, “I am honored to recognize and thank Mr. Madison for his 20 years for service on the Board of Trustees as well as many other years of service to the schools in many positions. Mr. Madison has literally seen some of the best of times in the history of the school district. He’s also been part of the most challenging times. Through all of that, he’s carried himself with distinction, and always put the students and the staff first. We greatly appreciate that.”
Superintendent Hoffman continued noting, “I’ve known Mr. Madison since I walked the halls at Valley High School, just a few years ago [jesting], and it’s been my privilege to work alongside him for the last six years as superintendent. He provided me with encouragement and was always open to listen to ideas and provide a perspective that I’ve valued greatly. Thank you Mr. Madison for your leadership and your support. I wish you all the best.”
At the conclusion of statements made by Superintendent Hoffman and fellow trustees, Mr. Madison said, “I never thought I would end my last year of office here on [a] Zoom meeting and dealing with a pandemic. There are times that I feel like I need to stay and get through this pandemic and help the Board, but on the other hand, I felt that we got the right people working hard. We have amazing staff, and collaboration must continue to take place. This isn’t the end. I hope we can get together. My love will always be with Elk Grove Unified School District. I’ll be around.”
About Chet Madison, Sr.:
Chet Madison, Sr. was elected to the Board of Education in 2000 to represent Trustee Area 3 and in December 2018, the Board of Trustees selected him to serve as Board President. Mr. Madison has been actively involved with the Elk Grove Unified School District for over 40 years during which time his children attended Charles Mack Elementary School, James Rutter Middle School, Joseph Kerr Middle School and graduated from Valley High School. Mr. Madison served as Board President in 2005, 2012, 2013 and 2018.
Chet, as he is known in the local community, has participated on several district advisory committees and is familiar with the role education plays as an essential component of our growing families and developing communities. He served on the California State Department of Education’s Public School Accountability Act (PSAA) Advisory Committee, on the CTE Leadership Committee, and on the District’s Finance Audit Committee. Mr. Madison was also a long-time Board Member of the Elk Grove Regional Scholarship Foundation, a group of city leaders and former educators who fundraised to provide scholarships for students in the District seeking higher education. Chet has always taken an enthusiastic role in supporting his community and has coached and managed several Little League Baseball teams. He has also been an active member of St. Luke Lutheran Church for over 25 years.
With firm beliefs in providing equitable education programs and services, Mr. Madison has participated in the Standard Setting Panel for the California High School Exit Exam in 2003 and the fifth grade science standards panel in 2004 for the state Department of Education. He presented at the California School Board Association’s annual state conference for two years and attended the California School Finance Management Conference and the Governor’s Budget workshop in 2003.
Mr. Madison worked for Consolidated Freightways for more than 33 years and retired as their Northern California Group Operation Manager. Chet also retired from S&G Flooring where he worked as a consultant for 11 years. He graduated from San Francisco State University with a degree in business administration and served in the U.S. Army as a helicopter crew chief in the 1st Aviation Brigade. He is also a Vietnam veteran.
About the Elk Grove Unified School District
The Elk Grove Unified School District (EGUSD) is the fifth-largest school district in California located in southern Sacramento County. EGUSD covers 320 square miles and includes 67 schools: 42 elementary schools, nine middle schools, nine high schools, five alternative education schools, an adult school, one charter school and a virtual academy. Offering a multitude of educational programs, including over 70 career-themed academies and pathways within 15 industry sectors, we prepare our students for college and career by supporting them with the means to be creative problem solvers; self-aware, self-reliant, and self-disciplined; technically literate; effective communicators and collaborators; and engaged in the community as individuals with integrity. We integrate rigorous academics with career-based learning and real world workplace experiences and ensure that Every Student is Learning, in Every Classroom, in Every Subject, Every Day to Prepare College, Career and Life Ready Graduates.
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