MPS' superintendent reveals goals, improvements

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Laying out plans for the future, Montgomery's school superintendent talked strategy with the board of education.

Barbara Thompson is required to set goals for the system. Tuesday, she offered a progress report on plans announced last year.

Among the milestones, Thompson pledged to recruit administrators and curb the dropout rate.

Thompson says she'll continue to watch a truancy pilot program launched this summer.

"It's one thing to come up with a program and design and implement it.  It's another one to actually make sure its being implemented, so that's what I'm aiming for this year," Thompson explained.

The superintendent says this year, her goals involve growing new programs, tackling issues with making AYP system wide, and communicating better with the community.

"...meeting with community groups, especially Spanish speaking parents, students, more of our departments," Thompson said.

Parents are optimistic, but they say much more work needs to be done.

"Montgomery is a city that has a history of division. Let's continue to make decisions that do not further divide our schools," said Patricia Roberson, president of the Jeff Davis PTSA.

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