MPS: Lee High School "vacated"

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The Montgomery Public Schools Board of Education has voted to vacate Lee High School for the fall 2012 school year.  The goal of vacating Lee is to restructure the school in order to improve student achievement.

According to Superintendent Barbara Thompson,  "We are focusing on restoring that tradition by putting the programs and the people in place that will provide students with the instruction, tools, and student/teacher relationships needed to succeed."

All non-renewing, non-tenured, and tenured teachers will be moved out of Lee High School.  Because Lee has only made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) once in seven years, it can be restructured without violating tenure laws.  However, during the restructuring process certified Lee High School employees may reapply for faculty positions.  Plans also call for 15 Teach for America teachers to join the team at Lee in the fall.  Principal Lorenza Pharrams and two assistant principals will remain in their current position.

"Using federal funds, we are going to offer a series of financial incentives for the teachers at Lee to impact student performance," said Superintendent Thompson. "We are also going to have intensive staff development over the summer to ensure our teachers are ready to go from the first day of school."

Board Member Mary Briers supports restructuring.  Mrs. Briers says, "This is an exciting new concept for our system.  The board supports this proactive move by Superintendent Thompson to transform Lee High School. This is a response to the communities' request for change."