What Melvin Brown hopes to accomplish in his first 100 days

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Montgomery Public Schools Superintendent Melvin Brown released his first 100-day plan for the school district.

Calling it his 100-day tour “Examine. Identify. Strategize. Engage. Listen and Learn,” Brown, whose official contract began July 1, travels the district with six goals in mind.

  • Goal 1: Every student will succeed academically and be prepared for life, work, and college
  • Goal 2: MPS will partner with families and the community for the education of young people in Montgomery
  • Goal 3: MPS will recruit, develop, support and retain staff who meet the needs of each student
  • Goal 4: MPS will provide optimal and equitable learning environments;
  • Goal 5: MPS will encourage efforts to enable students to be healthy and ready to learn
  • Objective 6: MPS will be efficient, effective and transparent in its business operations.

The district was under state control or intervention from February 2017 to the end of 2021. Among the biggest concerns: district finances, university students, and council governance. Transport, communications and the child nutrition program were also on the list.

At the time of an advanced examination during the intervention, State Superintendent Eric Mackey called it “the worst I have ever seen”. He cited outdated school board policies, school board ethics and conduct, communication, overly teacher-centered learning, lack of equitable learning opportunities, lack of teacher engagement in curriculum changes and budget management.

Here’s the progress Brown hopes to make over the remainder of his first 100 days, which will end in October.

At a Friday press conference, Brown said the 100 days are not “sliced ​​and dry” but rather a “framework.”

Over the next few months, Brown will also be hosting a series of town hall meetings with the community.

Goal 1: Every student will succeed academically and be prepared for life, work, and college

Brown plans to visit each school. He wants to study achievement gaps, especially for historically disadvantaged groups.

One of those disadvantaged groups is “economically disadvantaged,” which makes up more than 60 percent of the district, according to the Alabama Department of Education report. Notably, the student body at LAMP, the highest-ranked school in the district and state, has only 8% in this category.

“If they are [a student] interested in participating in a club, and that club has a fee associated with it, and that student and parent cannot afford that fee,” Brown said. “Why wouldn’t our children still have the opportunity to do this?

Brown also plans to work on the MPS 2023-2027 strategic plan, evaluating technology career opportunities, and ensuring all student needs are met.

Goal 2: MPS will partner with families and the community for the education of young people in Montgomery

Brown focuses here on meeting families in the community, even those who do not attend the MPS. Brown also plans to meet with other community stakeholders.

He also hopes to assess the “efficiency and effectiveness” of MPS communications. At community meetings for the new superintendent, many felt the school board was not transparent. Communication was also a key area for improvement during the intervention, as Mackey pointed out.

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Goal 3: MPS will recruit, develop, support and retain staff who meet the needs of each student

This objective highlights the need to provide professional training to PHM staff, as well as addressing recruitment and retention.

“Teacher shortages aren’t necessarily a short-term problem,” Brown said.

Like many systems, here and nationally, the MPS is struggling with a shortage of teachers.

Goal 4: MPS will provide optimal and equitable learning environments

This goal focuses primarily on improving the capital assets of the neighborhood, as well as building safety. At the end of his first 100 days, Brown plans to assess all buildings in the district, assess safety protocols, assess and evaluate preventive maintenance efforts, and review and discuss the plan. capital improvements.

The district is currently working on a comprehensive capital improvement plan, which includes the consolidation of Carver and Lanier high schools.

Goal 5: MPS will encourage efforts to enable students to be healthy and ready to learn

Brown will evaluate, according to this section, the transportation, gifted and health programs offered to students.

The district’s child nutrition program was one of the main issues that led to the intervention.

Objective 6: MPS will be efficient, effective and transparent in its business operations

This objective focuses on the Montgomery Public Schools budget process.

“In terms of the end results, the processes, and the decisions that were made from a financial perspective, that information needs to be readily available,” Brown said at the press conference.

Brown said most of the documents involved will be public records.

In 2020, the misuse of MPS funds was revealed during the audit, when it was found that district funds were being spent on strip clubs, alcohol, online gaming and Moreover.

Jemma Stephenson is a children’s and education reporter for the Montgomery Advertiser. She can be reached at [email protected] or 334-261-1569.

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