Supt. Margaret Allen Plans Future of Montgomery Public Schools


By Ashley Thompson

Just days after accepting the position as superintendent of Montgomery Public Schools, Margaret Allen sat down with Alabama News Network today to address parents concerns and lay out her vision for the future of the school system.

An updated list of Alabama's failing schools has just been released and while Montgomery County has not added any schools to the list, the school system hasn't dropped any from the list either. Especially concerning is Lee High School's 55 percent graduation rate.

"It is disappointing," says Allen. "I'm certain that it's disappointing to the principals, disappointing to all of the staff, because they have worked hard."

Unlike former superintendent Barbara Thompson, Allen says she doesn't plan to clean house at any Montgomery Public School, by removing teachers..

"My last job was a professional developer and that's what I believe in doing," she explains. "I believe in training people."

Allen says that training will start soon. She says one of her first orders of business will be to implement a strategic plan that encompasses four goals. The plan was derived from audits conducted as a result of a grade-changing investigation. The goals include preparing students for college or career, training teachers and administrators, engaging parents.

"The training can happen right there in their schools with principals talking to teachers, teachers talking to teachers, principals showing teachers strategies..."

Plans to move MTEC and LAMP into the Montgomery Mall were put on pause when Allen took over as interim superintendent. Now, Allen says the move is not halted, just going slower

"We're working ever sense on the mall and on every other project that is a part of us. What you have not seen, you have not seen an outcome yet to the work that we're doing."


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