schools

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…

Boots & Brellas Drive for MPS Students

Montgomery Public Schools attendance is dropping on days when it rains and school leaders say that’s because many students don’t have rain gear. For that reason, many local organizations have teamed up with MPS for the Boots and Brellas Drive.   They’re asking for donations of all types of rain gear for students at E.T. Davis and E.D. Nixon Elementary Schools. …

New Alabama State Superintendent of Schools Selected

Source: School Superintendents of Alabama The state school board has selected Dr. Eric Mackey as the new superintendent of schools.  Mackey currently serves as the executive director of School Superintendents of Alabama. Board members voted five to four to hire Mackey over Jefferyson County Schools Superintendent Craig Pouncey. Hoover City Schools Superintendent Kathy Murphy didn’t receive any votes.  Mackey replaces Michael Sentance who…

Montgomery School Board Chooses Interim Superintendent

The Montgomery County School Board has selected Ann Moore as interim superintendent of Montgomery Public Schools. Moore is the former superintendent of Huntsville City Schools. The board interviewed Moore and Larry Dichiara in a special meeting today. Dichiara is the former superintendent of Phenix City Schools, and the head of the state intervention of Selma City Schools. The board recently…

Lowndes Co. Voters Renew Special Tax for Schools

From the West Alabama Newsroom– Voters in Lowndes County overwhelmingly vote in favor of continuing a special property tax that benefits public schools. The renewal garnered more than ninety percent support. The tax accounts for nearly a million dollars in revenue for local schools. A property worth 95-thousand dollars would cost about 65 dollars more in taxes each year. Residents…

Co. Commission Responds to Idea of City School System

As the Montgomery County Commission meets Monday morning there’s a new topic crossing the minds of some commissioners, the possibility of a city school system.   For Vice Chair Ronda Walker the issue hits close to home as she has two children in Montgomery Public Schools currently.  She’s open to looking more into the idea, and points to other counties…

Alabama Schools in Flood Danger

PEW report identifies flood-prone schools

The non-profit PEW Charitable Trusts are out with a report identifying schools in danger of flooding. The report includes an interactive map of Alabama with a list of the number of schools in each county that is in a flood danger area. The Dallas County School system has the largest number of those schools—three of the system’s 22 schools. Montgomery…

Incoming School Superintendent John Strycker Visits Butler County Schools

Butler County Schools Incoming Superintendent John Strycker doesn’t officially take over the school system until June, but he’s making the rounds on the last day of school trying to meet some of his students and teachers before he moves in permanently. Strycker visited all three county high schools on Wednesday to introduce himself to the rising senior classes. He’s hoping to…

Study Ranks Alabama School Districts Based on Teacher Salary

A recent study performed by AL.com ranked Alabama school districts by salary. A detailed list of all the school systems can be found here, but on average teachers in Alabama earned $45,610/yr. It’s much lower than the national average teacher salary that comes in at $58,950/yr. Butler County schools came in a little below that average salary, with teachers in…

School Superintendents Signing Waivers to Make Up Missed Days

School Superintendents have a tough decision during severe weather: stay open at the risk of the students or close schools and miss out on a day of learning? If superintendents do decide to cancel classes, then comes the task of trying to make those days up. Butler County Schools Superintendent Amy Bryan learned the phrase “it’s always better to be safe…