Educators Look to Future at Annual Back to School Breakfast

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By Brittany Bivins

The countdown to the new school year is on. Montgomery County School System leaders say they're looking forward to a fresh start. They talked about those goals at the Chamber of Commerce's Annual Back to School Breakfast in Montgomery.

The last year was one of change for Montgomery County Schools, but now educators, business leaders and community leaders say they're ready to move on. That will happen with a new superintendent at the helm, Margaret Allen. Allen took over the job in October after the resignation of Superintendent Barbara Thompson amid allegations of grade changing that led to a statewide investigation.

At Thursday's breakfast, Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange addressed Allen.

"Margaret, I'm sorry to tell you this, but you've got an awesome responsibility, because you've got popularity, the community trusts you. I hope you will use that so you will lead our community to the greatest heights that we've ever known," said Strange.

Allen told the crowd she was ready to get started with her first full school year on the job. "I am anxious as all get out, but I am just as excited as the work that is before us," she said.

Allen took the job in October after allegations of grade changing and a statewide investigation led to the resignation of superintendent Barbara Thompson, but Allen says the schools are moving in the right direction.

"We have set our plans and we have a great strategic plan and we're going to work it to the max," Allen said.

Teachers we spoke to say they're happy with the changes so far. They say they want to see more cooperation between educators, parents and community leaders.

"A lot of things going on with the community, as well as with the churches and the common ground program. We're trying to build up west Montgomery," said Southlawn Middle School Principal Rafiq Vaughn.

The time to put those plans in place is just around the corner. School starts back August 11th.

Alabama News Network was a sponsor the Back to School Breakfast, which featured singing by our own morning news anchor Jamie Langley. The breakfast is an annual event which aims to bring business leaders and educators together to focus on graduating students prepared for the workforce.

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