Brian Givens Named Principal at Rainbow Elementary ; Jana Gray as MCS Chief Accountant
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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Rainbow Elementary has a new principal.
Brian Givens, assistant principal at Bob Jones High School and former assistant principal for Columbia Elementary, was approved June 13 by the Madison City Board of Education.
Mr. Givens replaces Dorinda White who accepted an administrative position in the school system’s Central Office. He said he is inheriting a great school that he hopes to make even better.
“The motto at Rainbow is We Launch Tomorrow’s Dreams. This is a dream of mine. Now it’s a reality.”
The Board also elevated Accounting Supervisor Jana Gray to Chief School Financial Officer, replacing Mike Weaver who retired earlier this year.

Brian Givens at podium accepting Rainbow Ele Principal job

Madison City Schools Superintendent Robby Parker said every candidate who applied had outstanding credentials and the hiring boiled down to who he and the screening committee felt was the “right fit.”
Givens began his education career at Central High School in Madison County in 2008. He also worked at Hazel Green High School where he earned Teacher of the Year award for 2011-12..
He was a local church youth pastor from 2003-2007 and served in various other capacities in addition to volunteer work in the community that served youth. Mr. Givens joined Madison City Schools as assistant principal at Columbia Elementary from 2014-15. He has served the past two years at Bob Jones High School as assistant principal and athletic director.
He graduated from the University of North Alabama with an undergraduate degree in Secondary Education and Social Sciences and completed graduate work at Jacksonville State University in instructional leadership.

Jana Gray at Podium accepting CSFO appointment

Mr. Parker and Board members also complimented Ms. Gray’s selection as CSFO, noting her history of working as acting CSFO when her boss was deployed for long periods. “You’ve stepped in and given us a great sense of consistency and stability,” said Board President Ranae Bartlett.
When stepping in, we never missed a beat. There was no learning curve,” said Connie Spears.
Mrs. Bartlett also outlined board plans to create several new committees including a community relations and advocacy committee and members to work jointly with the city on growth and transportation planning.
The Board also approved a 5-cent increase in school lunches to $2.60 for K-6 grades and $2.85 for 7-12 grades. Breakfasts will remain at $1.75.