Demopolis BOE discusses new law

Published 6:44 pm Monday, March 18, 2013

The main topic of discussion at the Demopolis City Schools Board of Education meeting Monday night was House Bill 84.

House Bill 84 was signed by Governor Bentley recently, and will, among other things, offer a tax credit to parents who move their children out of a failing public school into a non-failing school, whether it be public or private.

Labarron Mack Alabama Education Association UniServ director said that the bill was “arguably the worst piece of school legislation in the state since its inception.”

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He also said that every member of the education family is on the same page as far as this bill is concerned, and that that should say something to board of education members across the state.

None of the schools in the DCS system are considered failing schools.

Also during the meeting, the board approved the Theo Ratliff Activity Center using the gymnasiums at Demopolis Middle School and Demopolis High School for a basketball camp on June 3 in which they are expecting 300 children to be in attendance.

The board also approved the Continuous Improvement Plans for each of the schools, which are a requirement for each of the schools to write. The schools must set goals in certain areas, and include a strategy on how to meet their needs.

In other business, the council also did the following:

•Approved a proposal for a driver education summer class

•Approved State Department of Education agreement for DECA officers

•Approved payroll and expenditures for the month of Feb. 2013