Selma City Schools no longer under state control

Selma City Schools no longer under state control
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SELMA, AL (WSFA) - Almost four years after being placed under intervention by the Alabama State School Board of Education, Selma City Schools are now back on their own.

During the ALSDE meeting in Montgomery Thursday, state school board leaders announced the school would no longer be under the supervision of the state school board effective Thursday.

"Selma has struggled as a school system over the last 15 or 20 years. They were eventually placed under intervention because there were very serious problems there," Interim State Superintendent Dr. Ed Richardson said. "The community of Selma, as well as the representatives that you saw, said we're not going to continue this way. They elected a very strong board and I don't know if you met the superintendent yet but she's a dynamite superintendent. They are absolutely committed to focusing on students and improving the school system. So, they worked hard"

The ALSDE voted unanimously to take over Selma Schools in 2014 citing financial, legal and programmatic issues within the system. Invention leader Dr. Larry DiChiara said the goal then was to get the system to gain a sharper focus and change the mindset and culture that the Selma City schools can be better.

"I'm very pleased. It reflects intervention can work and I hope some other people are listening to that," Richardson added.

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