Talladega superintendent to take over for Eggleston as MPS CAO

Talladega superintendent to take over for Eggleston as MPS CAO

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Montgomery Public Schools Chief Administrative Officer Dr. Reginald Eggleston will step aside from his role.

Terry Roller, the current Talladega City School System superintendent, will take over as the MPS CAO. No timeline was released.

Then-State Superintendent Michael Sentance hired Eggleston as chief education officer to lead MPS during the state intervention after Superintendent Margaret Allen retired last summer. In November, Eggleston was promoted to MPS chief administrative officer.

Dr. Ed Richardson spoke about the decision. He said when Eggleston was hired the system needed someone with experience dealing with an intervention, but now Dr. Eric Mackey, the new Alabama superintendent, would prefer Roller in the position. Richardson said Eggleston had "done about as well as you could expect" with MPS.

"He was put into a situation that was poorly designed, and his support was not what it needed to be," he said. "He struggled as superintendent and chief administrative officer, so certainly it was a bumpy road to begin with, but that was not his fault, it was due to the design."

Richardson said he foresees a better situation for Roller in terms of there being a better design and a better chance to affect change, but he said Roller doesn't have the intervention experience Eggleston had, and that will be a learning curve.

One week ago, the Montgomery County Board of Education voted to name Dr. Ann Roy Moore the school district's prospective new superintendent. Moore said:

Dr. Eggleston has been focused on helping MPS improve. He has been great to work with over the last few months. I look forward to continuing our efforts with Superintendent Roller as we focus on improving Montgomery Public Schools.

Richardson says Eggleston will work for the state and will head up a team over the summer that will assist 18 struggling school systems, with the aim being to prevent other interventions.

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