State overrules MPS vote denying breakfast, lunch for LEAD Academy students

State overrules MPS vote denying breakfast, lunch for LEAD Academy students
LEAD Academy, Montgomery’s first public charter school, is scheduled to open in August, school leaders announced Monday. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - The state has overruled a decision recently made by Montgomery Public School board members.

Tuesday the MPS board voted down a contract that would have had the system provide breakfast and lunch for Montgomery’s new charter school, LEAD Academy.

While officials say they would make some money, there was concern over staffing and keeping the food safe.

State superintendent Doctor Eric Mackey released a statement.. saying:

"As is always the case, our primary concern is the well-being of the students served in all of our schools. The conversation of how to provide food service for the 350 or so children in that school had been previously discussed. The topic should not have caught anyone by surprise. Despite some disagreement and opposing points of views, the focus should remain ‘what is in the best interest of children? Our desire going forward is to make sure the basic needs of our students are always the priority. We can have coarse dialogue and disagree on issues; that is a natural part of negotiation and compromise. But what can never be compromised is the welfare of our children.”

LEAD opens its doors for school Monday. Roughly 375 students will be attending LEAD Academy for the 2019-2020 school year.

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