Lawmakers upset over Montgomery schools plan

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - It's a plan that touches every public school in Montgomery County, and it's meting with some resistance. State Representative Thad McClammy sent School Superintendent Barbara Thompson a letter Wednesday expressing distaste with the Thompson's proposals.

In a letter to Thompson, Representative McClammy calls her proposal reckless and insensitive.

Both attended a Montgomery Chamber of Commerce meeting where Thompson outlined the reasons behind the sweeping changes.

The superintendent wants to rezone the district and shutdown a handful of schools to save money.

McClammy and others felt the system should have allowed lawmakers to give their input. Rep. John Knight called on all parties to work together. "Anytime you talk about closing schools, you have to take a number of things into consideration," Knight told WSFA 12 News.

School Board President Charlotte Meadows said the board hopes to get the support of local lawmakers. "We understand it is an emotional issue, but the school board is trying to set the priorities for the district."

Thompson is giving parents a chance to discuss her plan by holding a series of public hearings. The next meeting is set for Monday afternoon at King Elementary at 5:00. The final event is February 1st at Johnnie Carr Middle School.

The Board will consider the proposal next month.

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