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Midfield schools could be released from state supervision

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Midfield schools were placed under state supervision last year due to financial instability and problems at the high school. Source: WBRC video Midfield schools were placed under state supervision last year due to financial instability and problems at the high school. Source: WBRC video
Midfield's superintendent believes the school is ready to regain local control. After hiring new administrators and teachers, the school has improved its graduation rate. Source: WBRC video Midfield's superintendent believes the school is ready to regain local control. After hiring new administrators and teachers, the school has improved its graduation rate. Source: WBRC video
MIDFIELD, AL (WBRC) -

There is light at the end of the tunnel for Midfield schools. After a period of state supervision, the district could return to complete local control.

Thursday during a workshop in Montgomery, State Board of Education members will be discussing whether or not Midfield is ready to regain full control.

"We've been able to accomplish a lot to get back to where we need to be or to get back on the road to where we need to be," said Midfield Superintendent Demica Sanders.

Sanders had to pull the district out of the gutter. The state intervened last year because of the district's financial instability and problems at the high school. Academically, the students weren't doing well. New administrators were hired plus new teachers, and as a team they were able to get through to the students.

"We worked very, very hard with the state department," said Sanders. "They've been here with us, alongside us. We improved our graduation rate. We put in numerous programs because of the school improvement grant we were able to receive."

And now she's hoping the state will see just how far they've come.

"Midfield has had a great system in the past and I think getting them out of state intervention will only continue to move them further along," said State BOE member Dr. Yvette Richardson.

Richardson will be in Thursday's workshop in Montgomery.

"I am very hopeful that the other board members will see the progress that has been made. Midfield has worked diligently to try to really improve," Dr. Richardson said.

Midfield has her vote, now it will be up to the remaining board members. The board will vote on the final decision in two weeks.

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