Written by Josh Moon
When interposition teams from the Alabama State Department of Education entered some Montgomery schools in November to conduct instructional audits, one of the first things they noticed was a peculiar power structure within the district.
Instead of each school being operated as a unique, semi-independent entity that sought approval from the Montgomery Public Schools’ central office only for broad decisions and goals, MPS schools were micromanaged from afar. Decisions on faculty, staff, support programs and professional development were all made at the central office, usually by an administrator who never spoke to anyone at the schools, or in some cases, disregarded the requests from school principals altogether.
State Superintendent Tommy Bice attends the Alabama State Department of Education interposition orientation at Montgomery Public Schools Professional Services last October. / Amanda Sowards/Advertiser file
The sounds of classical music served as a soundtrack for laughter and tears as the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra paid tribute to Helen Steineker, manager of the MSO for 26 years.
The memorial service Saturday at the Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts drew hundreds of people to honor Steineker, who died in December. She was 60.
The program at times seemed like more of a concert than a memorial service, with song selections from Bach, Massenet and Beethoven. In between, guest speakers told stories of reflection and humor about Steineker.
Just received my copy of 'Forever Blue'. A great read about one of our most storied student, coach, and alumnus, Bill Moseley (Class of 1941). Dust off the old memories of yester-year in Montgomery and enjoy the stories straight from Coach Moseley as he dictates them to his son Willie G Moseley (Class of 1968).
Forever Blue was released in December of 2013 by New South Books. It is available in soft cover and as an ebook. Click on the photo and order your copy today.
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