Parents Speak Out About Selma City School Takeover


By Amanda Wade

A State Board of Education intervention team begins work on Selma City Schools tomorrow, and parents say they are ready to see some changes.

We told you last week a two-year timeline is in place to make changes in Selma City Schools to end the intervention, and some parents say they hope the emphasis will be back on educating their children.
After a state investigation uncovered sexual and academic misconduct within the school system, and that school leaders failed to properly respond, many parents say the takeover was long overdue, "They had ample opportunity to fix this before it came to a state takeover, and it's unfortunate that the state had to takeover, but for the sake of the children, I'm very happy they did," says Sharon Taylor, a grandparent of children in Selma City Schools. 
And parents hope the intervention team will fix a few things, "I think that they will fix the curriculum for the school, they will fix favoritism, and a lot of other things that were going on that should be not be going on," says Taylor. 
Kristina Brittian, a parent with children in Selma City Schools, says, "People as a community need to come together as one. Not just two or three, but as one."
State Superintendent of Education, Dr. Tommy Bice, says some things are working well even with the problems the school system is facing, "You've got a couple of schools showing improvement academically at the elementary level. You've got a stellar beautiful new high school, we've just got to make sure what's in it reflects the outside of it being equally as stellar."
We've reached out to Selma School Superintendent, Gerald Shirley, but so far, he hasn't commented on the intervention. 
State officials say the entire three-member intervention team will be in Selma implementing the state corrective action plan.