WSFA 12 News has obtained the letter sent to the Selma City School Board following last Friday's vote by the Alabama State Board of Education to consider intervention in the system's management.
The letter indicates that the State is putting the system on notice that it intends to vote on intervention on February 12. State Superintendent Dr. Tommy Bice wants a meeting with Selma City Schools Superintendent Gerald Shirley on January 22.
The letter gives Supt. Shirley the opportunity to, "demonstrate in writing why intervention is not warranted or should not be approved before the vote is scheduled to occur."
The vote requires a response from the school district.
Alabama School Superintendent Dr. Tommy Bice is not happy with the system and strongly suggested last Thursday during a state school board work session that the state will take over if things don't get better in a hurry.
Bice's comments were met with a response on Monday from the school system superintendent, Gerald Shirley, who is promising to take corrective action after an investigation revealed sexual misconduct by a school teacher at Selma High School. Other issues the state is concerned about include the system's failure to follow academic requirements and regulations.
Dr. Bice had raised concerns because he hasn't gotten any response lately from the Selma City Schools superintendent and felt the school district isn't quickly enough dealing with the fallout from an investigation dating back to last summer.
"We sent them a letter last September outlining some very troubling allegations and sent them a follow-up letter in November requesting for more clarification on some issues and we haven't gotten a response yet," Bice said.
WSFA 12 News reached out to Selma city school superintendent earlier in the week and Shirley emailed a letter from the State Dept. of Education saying the school system had until mid-March to respond. WSFA 12 News contacted Dr. Bice's office following the email and he declined to give any further comments until after the investigation is completed.
Although the school district may be implementing a corrective plan of action, it's the lack of communication from the front office that troubles state education department leaders.
"That tells me maybe they're not taking it as seriously as I do," said Dr. Bice Thursday.
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