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Selma City Schools turning corner on controversy with new school year

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Dr. Larry DiChiara gives his 'state of the school' address (Source: WSFA 12 News) Dr. Larry DiChiara gives his 'state of the school' address (Source: WSFA 12 News)
SELMA, AL (WSFA) -

While many students may dread the start of a new school year, hundreds of teachers and parents in Selma are looking forward it. That's because of what happened last year in the Selma City School district.

Thursday, the intervention team's leader delivered his 'state of the school' address to a nearly packed house in the Selma High School auditorium.

Dr. Larry DiChiara talked about a wide range of issues; the school district's financial health which is 'okay,' unity and encouraging teachers to realize they have the 'power to change someone forever.'

DiChiara's talk comes after a tumultuous year in which the district's top three administrators were removed and a former Selma High School teacher fired for having sex with a student and sexual contact with another student. LaTangela Williams is now serving time in the Dallas County Jail.

Clark Elementary School principal Shayla McCray applauds the work the intervention team has done so far.

"I believe the district has turned the corner. I sense unity," said McCray.

Cynthia Graves says she has no regrets accepting a new teaching position in the school district. Graves moved to Selma from Shreveport, Louisiana, primarily because of her husband's new job.

Despite the apparent strides made so far Dr. DiChiara says the state intervention will continue at least through December 2015.

A new school and new hopes along with a new attitude, it all gets underway Monday morning when classes begin.

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