Montgomery schools consolidation plan revised

MONTGOMERY, AL -  Montgomery Public Schools Superintendent Barbara W. Thompson announced Wednesday adjustments to her proposal to consolidate schools and rework attendance zones in order to help meet a projected $10 million deficit.

"We took all the suggestions we received in our public hearings and looked at the possibilities, said Thompson. "While we could not meet every request, we were able to make some adjustments and actually increase our projected savings."

[CLICK HERE to read the revised school consolidation plan (.PDF)]

The adjustments in the plan include:

  • Students from Blount who were reassigned to Wilson will be returning to Blount
  • Seth Johnson Elementary remains open
  • McKee Elementary closes, becomes MacMillan Elementary Magnet
  • Houston Hill closes completely
  • Floyd Middle Magnet moves to McIntyre Middle
  • A new middle magnet program will be introduced at Carr Middle School

Two public hearings have been scheduled to allow comments on these changes to the plan - Thursday, February 10, from 5:00 – 5:30 p.m. at the Professional Services Center, and Tuesday, February 15, from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. at Carver High School. Those making comments are being asked to limit them to the adjustments to the superintendent's original proposal.

"These changes will actually save more money while focusing on the best interest of students," said Thompson. "The adjustments will increase our projected savings by $554,085 in onetime costs and $114,578 in annual savings. It eliminates the need to retrofit two schools and puts our system in a better position to make it through these harsh economic times."

The Montgomery County School Board is scheduled to vote on the proposal on February 15, at 5:30 in a called meeting at Carver High School.

WSFA 12 News will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.