Montgomery Public Schools Hope To Move Forward


By Catalina Trivino

From Montgomery -- last week's agreement to let go Montgomery Public Schools Superintendent, Barbara Thompson, now has many school officials asking what the next step will be -- and it's a step state officials say begins with team work.

That started today as state school board members and Montgomery school officials talked about a plan for the future of Montgomery Public Schools.

State School Superintendent, Tommy Bice, is asking teachers, administrators and Montgomery public schools staff members for their help in starting a clean slate and it's a new perspective school officials say starts right now.

Montgomery Public school teachers, like Edward Simms say it's time for everyone to be on the same page.

"To move forward, we had to at least admit the things that were not done effectively and then from there, move on to something new," Said Simms.

Simms was one of dozens of teachers who attended Montgomery Public School's leadership team orientation -- a meeting outlining staff about what comes next.

Bice says it starts with instructional audits, where state officials visit each school and speak with teachers about what's going on in the classroom.

"The only way that I can know that is by visiting schools, visiting classrooms sitting in on some of these audits so that I really can speak to what's going on here. And I enjoy that. That's where you really learn how to make the best decisions," Said Bice. 

They're Instructional audits that will last through about early November. Auditors will then compile the data they've found and use it to form their plan for the next 30, 60 and 90 days.

Bellingrath Middle School Principal, Ibrahim Lee says it's the first step towards stability...

"It's about the children, the stability they need, it's the stability that the teachers need and it's the stability that the administration needs as well. So I do think that it's going to be positive change within our district, just wanting to see our students succeed," Said Lee.


Bice says the next step will be having two groups of 15 state board of education members audit each school. He says the 30-60-90- day plan could start as early as mid-November.

Those people along with priority school principals, will meet ever month to discuss the progress of the school system.

Bice says they hope to have more workshops like today to find better ways to serve the school system.