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Bice sent a statement to media saying he met with the state's investigative team who have been in Birmingham since April investigating the city system's finances, academics and the board's governance this morning and will continue to review and evaluate Birmingham's situation. He didn't mention Maddox' letter.
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State officials met three times with the Birmingham Board of Education twice behind closed doors to present and discuss the state's plan. Craig Pouncey, deputy state superintendent of administrative and financial services, told the board at all of those meetings how important it was to the district's survival that the plan be Adidas Los Angeles Navy And Pink
Maddox' letter to Bice again questions the state's motives to be in Birmingham and reiterates previously stated views that the Birmingham school board "welcomes input, technical advice and assistance" from the state, but that state officials should understand that the city board remains in control.
"In fact, if he was representing us, he could have opened the board meeting Tuesday by asking Dr. Bice all of those things he asked in the letter, but he did not," Wyne said. "Therefore, I'm waiting for the next directive from the state of Alabama."
"I expect to have a formal recommendation to share with the state board at its regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday, June 14," his statement read.
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board. She said she did not know the letter had been written until she received a copy. It was never discussed with the board.
Bice and former state Superintendent Ed Richardson, who is leading the team of investigators, also extended the time given to the board to look over the plan and make a decision. Originally, the board was scheduled to vote on the plan last Thursday, but state officials gave them until Tuesday to make a decision. Board members also were told they could make recommendations and changes to the plan, as long as they found other places to cut that would equal the same amount.
Bice could recommend a complete takeover or intervention of Birmingham city schools. He said in a telephone interview with The Birmingham News after Tuesday's Birmingham school board meeting that there Adidas Neo Shoes Images is no way the city school system can turn in a balanced budget after rejecting the state's financial plan. He said that was "unacceptable."
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama Birmingham school board President Edward Maddox is asking Alabama Superintendent Tommy Bice for more time to come up with an "acceptable plan of reorganization" for the district to save money.
"We knew as a school district that our plans were supposed to be in to the state on May 27, but they extended that to May 31 because the board had questions, and then extended it again to June 5. I think the state has been very lenient about it," said Board member Phyllis Wyne. "I think they gave us plenty of time and I do know the things I talked to the superintendent about changing (in the plan) were made. I was prepared to vote on it."
Maddox in a letter, dated today and written on Birmingham city school letterhead, said the board "acknowledges that it is in the best interest of the students of the Birmingham city schools that the finances be immediately addressed and therefore committed to doing all that is necessary to put Birmingham's students first."
approved quickly. Staffing adjustments need to be made quickly, he said, to have everyone in place by the time school starts in August.
Maddox said the city board will work collaboratively with the state to develop a financial plan, but that the one the state recommended contained items "that we have not had sufficient time to review."
(The Birmingham News file/Mark Almond)
Wyne said Maddox' letter does not represent the feelings of the entire Pink Adidas Original Shoes
day after a contentious board meeting in which the board rejected the state investigation team's plan to eliminate nearly 180 positions, many in the district's central office.
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