education

Montgomery Leaders Urge Residents to Support School Referendum

Montgomery County area leaders today said it’s time to invest more than the bare minimum in Montgomery Public Schools. On Wednesday officials announced the formation of a community-wide campaign to raise awareness of the upcoming school funding referendum. MPS Superintendent Ann Roy Moore and MPS School Board President Clare Weil alongside Montgomery County Commission Chairman Elton Dean, Montgomery Mayor Steven…

Montgomery County Tax Referendum Passes in Legislature

In a rare Saturday session, the Alabama Legislature passed budgets and the Montgomery tax referendum. The property tax referendum passed the Senate floor with an amendment, and was concurred by the House of Representatives. The ad valorem tax proposal would add 12 mills to the current 10 mill property tax rate in Montgomery County. All of the money would go…

Montgomery Legislators React to Proposed Ad Valorem Tax

MPS officials say the school system is underfunded, and an increase in property taxes would solve the problems. At Tuesday night’s Montgomery School Board meeting, the board approved the hiring of lobbyist to push an ad valorem tax to legislatures. “We really need to at least bring this vote to the people and let them decide,” says Dr. Ann Roy…

Lawmakers Return For 2020 Legislative Session

Ahead of Alabama Governor Kay Ivey’s State of the State address, lawmakers returned to the State House Tuesday for the first day of the regular legislative session. Lawmakers have had April 4th circled on their calendars for a long time. Some of the Representatives tell Alabama News Network they’re excited to return and tackle some of the issues the state…

Montgomery May Have Another Charter School Soon

Thursday evening the Montgomery County School Board held a public hearing, to consider the proposal for Life Academy Charter School. Board members, citizens, and City Councillor Audrew Graham heard overwhelming support the the school, which would be Montgomery’s second charter school if approved. School leaders say they are in the final stages of purchasing the former St. Jude school building,…

Elmore County School Board Approves $50 Million Bond

Monday night the  Elmore County School board unanimously approved a $50 million bond for new building projects in the school system over the next several years. The plans include building a new middle school in Redland, expanding the county’s technical school, building a new band room at stanhope elmore, and several other projects. Elmore County Superintendent Richard Dennis says Elmore…

Alabama Schools Plans Projects With More Money From State

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) – A sizable increase in a state education fund is allowing local school systems to pay for school resource officers and maintenance projects, among other things. The Dothan Eagle reports that the money is available after Alabama Governor Kay Ivey this year signed off on the largest education budget to date, topping $7 billion. The Education Trust…

Sales Tax Revenue Provides Technology, Improvements

There are more than 1,700 students in the Andalusia City School system. Every student in grades K-12 will have access to an electronic device in the upcoming school year. The technology will be paid for by the city’s half cent sales tax, which has been in effect for six years. The revenue from the tax is used exclusively for education….

New Partnership Brings Head Start Program To Alabama State University

Alabama State University will soon be accepting new students, but much younger than you might think.  Wednesday morning the university, announced a new head start program thanks to a partnership with the Montgomery Community Action Agency. The university already has the Zelia Stephens Early Childhood Center on campus for children from Pre-Kindergarten to Kindergarten,  but is now recruiting nearly 100…

Montgomery School Board Member Durden Dean Resigns

Montgomery County Board of Education District 2 Representative W. Durden Dean has resigned from the school board.  The following is a statement from Montgomery Public Schools:   Montgomery County Board of Education District 2 Representative W. Durden Dean has resigned from the board effective today. Superintendent Moore and board members were notified of his decision in an email received at 10:57…