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 has also served as Board President in 2005, 2012 and 2013.
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. In 2012 and 2013 he attended the West Ed Labor/Management Collaboration Conference for California Educators held in November. He serves 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. He is also a Board Member of the Elk Grove Regional Scholarship Foundation, a group of city leaders and former educators who fundraise 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.
Chet and his wife, Sarah Jo, enjoy spending time with their family, which includes ten grandchildren – all of whom attend schools within the Elk Grove district.