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May 2--  The Montgomery County school system will consider reducing the number of teachers in its schools at a meeting to be held later this month.

At its May meeting Monday night, the school board heard School Superintendent Randy Rodgers ask for authority to prepare a reduction in force plan for up to seven faculty positions which Rodgers says are not needed due to smaller class sizes and which should no longer be funded due to insufficient local revenue and decreases in state and federal funding.

"I am asking you give me authority to initiate a RIF plan and submit to you a plan at the next meeting which will be a called meeting next week at a date we determine to address this and the hiring of certain system employees," Rodgers requested.

The board approved Rodger's request and also his recommendations for some school level personnel changes next school term.

The instructional coordinator at the elementary school, Brittany Deen, will become the new elementary school principal.  The current assitant principal at the high school, Ginger White, will transfer as assistant principal at the elementary school.

The head of the school system's achievement center, Dr. Tosha Middlebrooks, will become the new middle school principal succeeding Dr. Marvin Howard who moves to run the achievement center.

Eric McDonald, assistant principal at the elementary school, moves to become the assistant principal of the middle/high school.

The school board has yet to name a new principal at the high school to succeed Luke Smith.

In other actions, the board gave the school superintendent the go-ahead to prepare a bid package for its approval for needed repairs to the middle and high school building estimated to cost up to $265,000.  The work would be paid for with sales tax revenue.

Superintendent Rodgers told the board he is currently estimating the system will end the school year with a fund balance of only $40,000.

The board also approved a school calendar of 172 student days next year with school starting August 12th and graduation on May 12, 2012.


Adrian Bell (standing right) is one of three speakers who criticized the school board Monday night.  

The meeting was held in a larger room this month to accomodate a crowd including representatives of Kids First Montgomery County, an organization formed to hold the board accountable for many of its personnel decisions since taking office in January.  One of the speakers, D.B. Baker, said the board is causing stress on the school system staff and is "vindictive" and "self-serving."