Public meetings on school consolidation end; vote Wednesday

Parents meet at Carver HS for the final public hearing on school consolidation.
Parents meet at Carver HS for the final public hearing on school consolidation.

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Parents went to Carver High School Tuesday evening for the final chance to voice their opinions before the vote to consolidate and rezone Montgomery Public Schools. While other meetings have been packed to capacity, Tuesday's meeting was only about half-full.

Security at the meeting was tight as Superintendent Barbara Thompson spelled out her plans to save the financially strapped system millions of dollars. The plan includes closure of some schools and a reduction in work staff.

After the meeting, scheduled to end at 6:30pm, the floor will close on debate. The vote will come at noon Wednesday on whether or not to accept Thompson's proposals.

The Board of Education had originally planned to vote on the proposal during a scheduled meeting on February 22, but scheduling conflicts among board members was cited as the reason for moving the vote forward one week.

Board chairwoman Charlotte Meadows leveled with the audience saying she understood that many parents would not be able to make it to the special meeting, scheduled for noon Wednesday, but "rest assured that your faces and your comments and your thoughts and your words are in our heads and our hearts." Meadows said she hoped parents would understand that "this is a hard decision to make."

The vote will take place at the Central Office Auditorium.

WSFA 12 News will have a crew at that meeting and will bring you the latest information as it becomes available.

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