Montgomery School Board Puts Off Closing Schools

There wasn't an empty seat in the house. First on the agenda, the proposal to close Hayneville Road Elementary. Board member Mark LaBranche said, "I personally need more time on a couple of these matters."

After a discussion, the board voted to delay the decision until after next school year. Principal Linda Fuqua was elated. She said, "I'm just really happy right now. Tomorrow we can go into Hayneville Road and continue to take the high road to success."

Next up, Peterson Elementary. Board Member Tommie Miller "I just think we need to study them more based on what we heard. And as one member, I am not ready to vote on any of these."

The board also voted to wait on making a determination on Peterson, at least until the next board meeting. Principal Kenyetta Miller says, "We're excited about the opportunity for them to table the motion. But of course, it brings on stress of waiting."

Superintendent Dr. Carlinda Purcell was upset saying the board tabled everything she proposed and questioned her leadership. "The board has a right to call that into question. The frustration again is that we are not able to get as much done as we thought we could be done. The board hired me wanting change, but change is being resisted," added Purcell.))

Also before the board, moving 83 students from the overcrowded Vaughn Road Elementary. The board accepted that plan but cut that number to 59 allowing 24 students to stay at Vaughn Road. The board voted to move all the 9th graders from Bellingrath Junior High up Court Street to Lanier High.