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July 11--  The Montgomery County school board approved a preliminary budget of nearly $11.2 million Monday night, about $300,000 less than this year's budget.  It has a called meeting July 28 to set the county's school tax which is expected to remain at 12.1 mils, the same as this year.

School Superintendent Randy Rodgers informed the board that two schools, the middle school and high school, will not meet adequate yearly progress this year.  The elementary school, however, is meeting AYP for its tenth consecutive year.

The board was also chastised by Kids First Montgomery organizer Adrian Bell of Uvalda on issues relating to the scope of renovation work going on at the middle/high school, hiring practices and board legal fees.  He objected to board member Jim Paul Poole contacting the board attorney. Bell said Poole discouraged such practices by board members when he was the school superintendent.

He also suggested the school board is planning to spend money to relocate the system's central office to a portion of the old 1929 building on the middle/high school campus.  

Board chairwoman Deloris James said the board would take Bell's comments under consideration and later told us that sometime in the future such a relocation might be considered to cut down on upkeep of the current central office building and annex.

Meanwhile, the report of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools on its visit last month to the school system is expected soon, according to Superintendent Rodgers.