Another change to MPS consolidation plan

File photo: Superintendent Barbara Thompson
File photo: Superintendent Barbara Thompson

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

Thompson released an amended version of the plan on Wednesday, this is yet another change to that plan.

This time, Floyd Middle Magnet has been designated to remain in its current building. Floyd was slated to shift to the McIntyre Middle building in the previous plan.

"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."

Below are the major changes to the proposal since the original plan was presented:

  • Proposed changes to the high school zones were removed.
  • The proposal to send Loveless, BTW, and Baldwin magnet programs to a renovated Lanier, have been replaced with designating Lanier as a magnet center and letting a committee of parents, educators and community members recommend the programs that will go into the center.
  • A middle school magnet program will be proposed for Carr Middle School.
  • Floyd Middle Magnet will remain at its current site.
  • MacMillan Elementary Magnet will move to McKee Elementary along with an expanded traditional pre-k program.
  • Seth Johnson will remain open as an elementary school.
  • Adjustments have been made to proposed attendance zone changes for Morningview, Dalraida, Dozier, Flowers, Brewbaker Elementary, Blount and Wilson.

"Most of the students who attend McKee Elementary are bused passed other schools to get to the building. Those students will attend schools nearer their homes," said Thompson. "The approximately 55 students who live near McKee will attend the new Wilson Elementary."

Thompson also sees leaving students at Floyd Middle Magnet as a positive response to parent requests. Her decision resulted from their concerns over moving the school to the current location of McIntyre Middle and will allow the new Magnet Advisory Committee the opportunity to consider the building issues at Floyd.

The board has called a work session for Monday, February 14 to allow members to ask questions and review this final proposal.

One last public hearing is scheduled for the next day, Tuesday, February 15 at 5:00 p.m. at Carver High School.

The proposal is expected to go to the board for a vote at its meeting on February 22 at 5:30 p.m. also scheduled for Carver High School.

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