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MPS Supt. Thompson issues statement about future of her job; will "forge ahead" she says

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

After much speculation that Montgomery Public School Superintendent is either about to resign or be fired, the superintendent is releasing her own statement to the media to address the situation.

Supt. Barbara Thompson released this statement Tuesday evening.

"With all the frenzy that is swirling about over my status as Superintendent of Montgomery Public Schools, I find it necessary to issue a statement regarding my status.


First, I want to thank the hundreds of citizens, ministers, community and business leaders who have reached out to me with kind words of support upon hearing rumors about my contract. I want to assure everyone that I want to fulfill my obligations as superintendent in Montgomery County and continue to serve the children, parents and employees of MPS.

Based on two recent meetings and discussions that I and members of the school board have had with State Superintendent Bice,  the State Superintendent remains supportive of providing MPS instructional support for areas that need to be strengthened academically. I certainly welcome that support.

 It was made clear that the State had no immediate interest or plans for a state takeover of  MPS. It was also made clear that the State Superintendent was not advocating removing me as superintendent.

Certainly there is more improvement that our system can make. However, I am proud of the things we have accomplished under not the easiest of circumstances. But I am prepared to forge ahead and I ask for your continued prayers and support for our children, my board , employees  and me.

Thank you all and God bless!"

From the statement, it appears Thompson has no plans to resign the position she has held with MPS since 2009.

Four MPS board members, a majority, have called a special meeting set for Wednesday afternoon in which they say if an agreement can't be reached with Thompson's attorney for her resignation, they will move ahead with plans to terminate her employment.

WSFA 12 News will be at that board meeting and will carry it live on-air and online.

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