From the West Alabama Newsroom-- The start of a new school year is just around the corner -- and people in Selma are speaking out about some the things they'd like to see happen this year at Selma City Schools.
Selma residents say things can only get better at Selma City Schools -- now that the State Department of Education is running the system.
"I think the state being here is a good thing," said Selma resident Chris Minter. "I want to see them put proper people, which I think they are doing, putting proper people in place so that our children can have the best education possible."
More accountability -- and more parental and community involvement in the district -- are some of the things people in the community say they'd like to see this school year.
"I believe that education starts at home first. You know, I teach my child at home and also it transfers to the school," said Damon Pickett.
The new school year is set to get underway in about two weeks.
The first day for students is August 11th.