Tuesday, July 29, 2014

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Parents Speak Out Following Supt. Barbara Thompson's Departure
By Ashley Thompson


Parents with children in Montgomery Public Schools are speaking out after Barbara Thompson's departure.

Not everyone agrees with the school board's decision to remove Barbara Thompson as Montgomery Public Schools Superintendent.

"They didn't prove that she had something to do with the grade changing of the students," says Edward Campbell. 

But others say it was time for Thompson to go.

"I don't think the direction that she was moving was going to be the best for our children as a whole," says one parent who wished to remain anonymous.

Some parents tell us they're not satisfied with just Thompson taking the fall, but they'd like to see other board members ousted as well.

"It's not like they are not aware of what's going on," says retired MPS teacher Shirley Glover. "They are. I think our board members really need to be replaced because they are not going to work with any superintendent. The past three that they've worked with, they haven't done a good job."

Just weeks ago, most school board members were vocal in their support for Thompson. So what changed? Board member Heather Sellers tells us a meeting was held...

"In that meeting, we felt like we needed different leadership to get us to where we needed to be and that's where we are today."

Several Montgomery pastors came to Wednesday's board meeting show their support for Thompson.

"I think she was doing a good job because we have flagship schools," says Charles Thomas of New Life Baptist Church. "Look at the school system that we have. Our schools have been given commendations across America for flagship schools."

Though not everyone feels Thompson should take credit for advances made in Montgomery Public Schools.

"Some of those things that we got credit for were already in place," says one parent. "The magnet programs, they were going to be strong with or without her."

And even without Thompson, some tell us they want further action taken.

"I pray the Superintendent Tommy Bice steps in and takes this board and school system over so that the children of Montgomery County, all children can have a quality education," says Karen Jones.