Pintlala, Hayneville Road saved from extinction

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) -- Call it a time of uncertainty for Hayneville Road and Pintlala Elementary Schools.

For nearly four months, parents fought hard to keep them open.

"I think the board should reconsider everything," said one mother.

Now, they have their wish.   Friday, the Montgomery Public School Board voted unanimously to stay the shutdown of the schools for one year--thanks to major commitments.

The Montgomery County Commission promised, $160,000.

The City of Montgomery pledged $240,000.

Don't forget the $1 million promise made by the state legislature just a day before the May 1 deadline.

"We all worked very hard to craft a budget and accept a budget that would make this opportunity possible in Montgomery County," said State Senator Quinton Ross of Montgomery.

Community members couldn't be happier.

"You have given us the opportunity to determine our own destiny, and that's a gift," explained Pastor Gary Burton of Pintlala Baptist Church.

The fix, while welcome, is temporary.

Leaders are now looking for extra funding, which could include a shift in ad valorum and sales taxes across the county to generate education dollars.

"One of the things we're looking at is adding a couple bills plus taking away half percent of the sales tax," explained Montgomery County Commission Chairman Elton Dean.

Though there's a long way to go, the schools are safe for now.

"The kids in Montgomery County are just as valuable as children in metropolitan areas, and I think we all believe that.  I think we're all on the same page, and we're thankful," Burton said.