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Brookhaven designated 'failing,' school officials promise improvements

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School administrators promised parents improvements at Brookhaven Middle School. School administrators promised parents improvements at Brookhaven Middle School.

City of Decatur school administrators Monday night promised parents improvements at the city's Brookhaven Middle School, which has been designated as a "failing" school under the Alabama Accountability Act.

School leaders met with parents at the school to explain the meaning of the designation, and the parents' options.

Quite a few parents said their affinity for the school is undimmed.

Rodney Coleman, parent of an 8th grader he described as an "A-student," said he would stick with Brookhaven as long as it had enough advanced programs to keep up with his daughter but said he'd transfer her out if it did not.

He even offered to volunteer at Brookhaven himself. "Is it a problem maybe I could help out with? Not only with my child. I could help out with another child too."

Another parent, Eva Gomez, was more concerned that administrators might change Brookhaven beyond recognition from the school her children had come to appreciate. "I have very nice experience with my kids right here," she said. "That is the reason I like this school.  Yes, I love it."

In a letter to parents, Decatur Schools Superintendent Ed Nichols said the school has been working to improve and has increased its test scores by 12 to 14 percent over the past six years. He also said further improvements will be coming under the leadership of new principal Melissa Scott.

His letter also explained that parents of Brookhaven now have the options of transferring their children to other schools in the Decatur system, transferring to schools outside the system, transferring to private schools which the state will help subsidize with a tax credit, or remaining at Brookhaven, which he'd prefer.

"Our goal is to have more students proficient," said Nichols, "So the school's not on the [failing] list and take care of that first and foremost for our students."

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