Update:Thompson Says She Wants to Remain School Supt.
Montgomery Public Schools Supt. Barbara Thompson says she wants to remain in her job, even though it appears she may be on her way out.
Tonight, she issued this statement regarding her future with Montgomery Public Schools:
"With all the frenzy that is swirling about over my status as Superintendent of Montgomery Public Schools, I find it necessary to issue a statement regarding my status.
First, I want to thank the hundreds of citizens, ministers, community and business leaders who have reached out to me with kind words of support upon hearing rumors about my contract. I want to assure everyone that I want to fulfill my obligations as superintendent in Montgomery County and continue to serve the children, parents and employees of MPS.
Based on two recent meetings and discussions that I and members of the school board have had with State Superintendent Bice, the State Superintendent remains supportive of providing MPS instructional support for areas that need to be strengthen academically. I certainly welcome that support. It was made clear that the State had no immediate interest or plans for a state takeover of MPS. It was also made clear that the State Superintendent was not advocating removing me as superintendent.
Certainly there is more improvement that our system can make. However, I am proud of the things we have accomplished under not the easiest of circumstances. But I am prepared to forge ahead and I ask for your continued prayers and support for our children, my board , employees and me.
Thank you all and God bless!"
As Alabama News Network has reported, a Montgomery Co. school board meeting is set for Wednesday, Oct. 2 at noon. Its purpose appears to be to discuss whether Thompson's contract should be terminated.
Thompson's leadership has come into question after allegations of grade changing involving some teachers were made last year. Those allegations launched a state board of education investigation, which was recently expanded. That prompted Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange to say the city might start its own school system if problems in Montgomery Public Schools were not fixed.