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Senators Propose Plan to Reopen Schools

Two state senators say the state’s “Roadmap to Reopening Schools” does not do enough to protect students and staff.  Tuesday, they took their plan for reopening schools to State Superintendent Dr. Eric Mackey and the State Board of Education. Senators Jim McClendon and Bobby Singleton presented the Safely Opening Schools Program.  The plan has three main components: -Building nursing stations…

ADPH Increases Contact Tracing Staff

The Alabama Department of Public Health is now increasing its contact tracing staff as more Coronavirus cases are confirmed everyday, but health officials say staffing isn’t the main challenge when it comes to contact tracing. On any given day, the Alabama Department of Public Health has more than 200 people working on contact tracing.  The department also now has contracts…

Montgomery Public Schools Reopening Plan

With just over a month left until Montgomery Public Schools students return to class, there are still questions about what school will look like as parents choose between virtual and in-person schooling. MPS Superintendent Dr. Ann Roy Moore says even the first day of school, right now scheduled for August 10th, could still change.  Students will be required to wear…

Elmore County Listed as “Very High Risk” for COVID-19

The Alabama Department of Public Health is now listing counties by risk level to COVID-19.  Elmore County is one recently listed as “very high risk,”  based on the number of new cases each day and which way that number is trending. Elmore Community Hospital has felt the impact of the increasing Coronavirus numbers in the county.   It is a rural…

Montgomery United Transition Team Releases Final Report

The Montgomery United Transition team released its final report Thursday, outlining recommendations for the Reed administration. Here are the recommendations for Mayor Steven Reed: -Create a cabinet level public health position. -Elevate and fully staff the Office of Cultural Arts and Entertainment. -Support increased local funding for Montgomery Public Schools. -Re-bid the city’s transit contract. -Improve police-community relations. -Restructure the…

LEAD Academy Board Chair on First Year Challenges

LEAD Academy School Board Chair Charlotte Meadows says she would give the school a C+ grade for its first year open. It has been an eventful first year for Montgomery’s first charter school, going through two principals in one year, now left looking for a third.  The school also faced similar challenges to other schools across Alabama because of the…

Montgomery City Leaders Cracking Down on Curfew Violations

Montgomery city leaders are cracking down on businesses not following COVID-19 orders. Councilman Oronde Mitchell says several gas stations and clubs have been cited for not following the city’s 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew and for holding large gatherings.  He’s already been in contact with business owners in his district and he says many have taken steps to comply…

Montgomery Chamber Looking at Post-Pandemic Tourism

The Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce is working to find new ways to market Montgomery as a destination when people are ready to travel again. Meg Lewis with the Chamber says Montgomery could be a destination many corporations and non-profits consider for diversity and inclusion training because of the city’s civil rights history.  She also says that travel experts expect…

MPS Takes First Step in Requesting An End to State Intervention

It’s been three years since the state intervened in Montgomery Public Schools.  Since then, the school board and superintendent have all changed, and MPS leaders say they are ready for the intervention to be lifted. Former State Superintendent Michael Sentance identified major issues in the school system in a letter to school leaders in January of 2017.  He also expressed…

Cloverdale Roof Collapse Raises Safety Concerns

A vacant building in Montgomery’s Cloverdale neighborhood is now raising safety concerns, prompting city leaders to take action. The building on Fairview Avenue, across from the Capri Theater has been empty since Café Louisa and Tomatinos relocated more than two years ago.  Just this week residents noticed that the roof had caved in. District Seven City Councilman Clay McInnis says…