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Head of AL Dept. of Education pleased with status of MPS

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Alabama State Department of Education Superintendent Dr. Tommy Bice says he is very pleased with the status of the Montgomery Public Schools.    

"All the schools now have their 30, 60, 90 day plans in place and are being implemented. Major organizational restructuring at the central office the board is working on; their strategic plan is almost complete with measures in it; couldn't be more pleased," Dr. Bice said.  

Dr. Bice praised Superintendent Margaret Allen for the progress she is leading the district toward.

"We're not going to get there overnight because we didn't get to where we are overnight, but huge advances when you look at we've only been involved and working with them and Margaret leading this work for 6 months," Dr. Bice said.

Dr. Bice says some progress is being made with Selma City Schools. The state's takeover team recommended three administrators be fired after an investigation showed fiscal mismanagement and academic issues at Selma High School.

"But the people at the school level are being totally cooperative. They want what's right for kids. They're doing anything we ask them to do," Dr. Bice said.

Since there is pending litigation with personnel issues within the Selma City Schools, Dr. Bice could not comment on that.

Former Selma Superintendent Gerald Shirley and two administrators are appealing their state recommended firings. Their hearings will be held next month.

Dr. Bice did mention to WSFA 12 News that the state is eyeing a couple of school districts that could result in more investigations and possible takeovers. He did not give specifics.

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