Graves High SBDM Names Madding Permanent Principal
By Paul Schaumburg, Graves County Schools
MAYFIELD, KY - Matthew Madding is the permanent principal at Graves County High School. The school’s site-based decision-making council selected him in a meeting early Friday morning, March 15, which was continued after adjourning the night before.
A 2002 GCHS graduate, Madding taught math there from 2006-11. During part of that time, he chaired the math department, served on the district instructional leadership team, and was the district representative in the Kentucky Mathematics Network. He had been the Graves County elementary schools’ little league football coordinator since 2006.
Farmington Elementary School hired him as its principal before the 2011-12 school year. District administration named him GCHS interim principal for this past year.
“We very much enjoyed his leadership and work as interim principal. He has a lot of good qualities we value,” said SBDM Council vice-chairman and teacher Jim Whitaker. “We had a lot of good applicants, so it was a tough decision but we are confident in Mr. Madding’s ability to lead us where we need to go.”
Madding responded by saying, “I appreciate the opportunity given to me. It’s a great honor to become principal of the school you attended as a student and to lead some of the teachers who were great influences on me. We’ve been a good school here for a long time and I know we’re going to continue to grow and become an even better school.”
Superintendent Pete Galloway told a group of teachers and others in attendance Friday morning that a recent change in state law includes the superintendent in the selection process and that he was impressed with the work the SBDM Council put into the process. He thanked them for their service.
“Mr. Madding is an excellent choice and has done a great job in his year of leading this school,” Galloway said. “He clearly has the best interest of the faculty, staff, and most importantly the students of Graves County High School in his mind and heart. I agree with Mr. Whitaker that Mr. Madding will lead the school where it needs to go.”
Madding earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics for secondary education in 2006 from the University of Kentucky. He earned a Master of Arts degree in secondary education at Murray State University in 2008 and completed the Level I Program of Studies and his Rank I diploma in principal preparation at Northern Kentucky University in 2011.
Madding’s wife, Allison, is a special education resource teacher at Sedalia Elementary School. They have two young children. Nathan is 4 years old and Macy is 3 months old. The couple met through the school district in 2006, when both had been hired as new teachers.