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As our scholars returned to school this fall, many did so after not having been in school or on a regular school routine for many months. For some, it was over a year. With this being the case, school attendance matters more than ever.

Every September, the Team Selma finance team led by our Chief Schools Financial Officer Mrs. Grindal Harris, presents our comprehensive annual budget. This year our two budget hearings will be held on Sept. 2 and 7 and we welcome the public to join. We meet at Selma High at 4:30 pm for the h…

Last night the family had a shrimp boil. It was the perfect night for such a soirée. The air was warm. The sun was a red billiard ball on the horizon. The sky was fingerpainted with gold.

Admittedly, graduation and the end of the school year are some of my favorite times of year. The educator in me loves seeing the joy and pride on the faces of our scholars, families and teachers as well-earned diplomas, scholarships and awards are received. It is truly a magical time. The st…

Recently, for the second time I was asked about Selma City Schools teaching critical race theory. Actually, it was more of an accusation. Let me say (once again) that the answer to this inquiry is a resounding no. What I have learned is that the opponents of critical race theory tie concepts…

Serving in school leadership roles was by far one of the most demanding yet rewarding part of my career. Whether in a large urban high school or a diverse elementary school, school leadership requires a unique skillset and a selfless heart like no other.

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Alabama lost its oldest past governor when John Patterson passed away last month. He died on the same land where he was born in rural Tallapoosa County.

Welcome to July! This month is going to be incredibly busy and also quite amazing for Team Selma. X-SEL Summer Learning is coming to an end which gives us just a few weeks to prepare for our scholars to return to school this fall.

As I type this, I am accepting the unbelievable fact that summer is already nearly half over. Wow. It seems like only yesterday we were celebrating our graduates and planning for summer learning. Now June is ending and we are welcoming the month of July.

We are all looking forward to next year’s gigantic political cavalcade. The 2022 elections in Alabama will be momentous. We will have an open U.S. Senate seat along with seven congressional seats, all running under new district lines. We have a Governor’s race along with all the other Consti…

Our x-SEL Summer Learning is off to an incredible start. We had more than 800 scholars join us for the first week of learning. Shout out to our teachers, leaders, support staff and partners for welcoming these babies and providing a safe, supportive and excellent experience.

We made it! That was the sentiment of many of the members of Team Selma as last week came to a close. It truly felt like we crossed the finish line of the most challenging race ever. And we made it.

This last year saw the development of many new terms or phrases and the overuse of more than a few. Some of the most memorable for me are social distancing, you’re muted, pivot and unprecedented. As we consider the academic well-being of our scholars, the term Covid slide was also introduced.

The violent shooting over the weekend that took the life of a Selma High student, hurt my heart. Just last week, a diverse group of city and county leaders met to brainstorm and consider community priorities that could impact the safety of our young people and families. Several broad ideas emerged.

It’s time to reopen schools for face-to-face learning. Earlier this month, the Selma City Schools board of education approved Team Selma’s Return to Excellence Phase III Reopening Plan. The amended recommendation is to begin a five-day school week starting this week, with virtual learning re…

Recently, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) gave guidance to reopening schools safely. This guidance was intended to complement previous toolkits and resources that have been provided. Over the next couple of weeks, I will continue to share information from the CDC as well as Team Selma’s…

The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed the structural weakness in the Alabama Department of Public Health. Unknown to most Alabamians is that the ADPH is not a Cabinet agency and that it reports to a separate Board, not to the Governor or the Legislature.

One of the great things about living in the U.S. is that our city and county governments are required to keep their citizens informed about their actions. One of the ways they do this is through public notices — the informational notices that have been deemed to be of importance to local con…

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Recently, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) gave guidance to reopening schools safely. This guidance was intended to complement previous toolkits and resources that have been provided. Over the next couple of weeks, I will share information from the CDC as well as Team Selma’s plan to Ret…

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At the start of each school year, I make a plea with our scholars and families to please attend school daily and on time. In fact, the entire month of September is dedicated to supporting efforts to improve students’ attendance and to reduce chronic absenteeism. Today, I want you to know tha…

Each year, educators across the nation pause in January to recognize the contribution that boards of education make to our communities. Team Selma is elated to do so as well.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Disaster survivors affected by Hurricane Zeta may receive a letter from FEMA stating they are ineligible for assistance. This may not be the final word. Applicants who disagree with FEMA’s decision can file an appeal with FEMA. 

This week, our nation celebrated the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I had the privilege of chairing the Selma Chapter of Links’ Annual MLK Unity Breakfast and our first ever virtual unity breakfast. Our theme was “Unity through the Pandemic: Selma’s Rise to Power”.

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First, I share my sincere concern for the citizens in Jefferson County, Alabama , especially those in Fult onda le, CenterPoint, and other areas hit by the tornado on last night. Selma is just recovering from a natura disaster and we are verysensitive to those who are suff ering at this t ime.

The new year is off and running and what an amazing start. Yes, I mean that somewhat sarcastically and have been appalled by the national news. Still I have had more than a few laughs with friends and family regarding social media posts about the new year. One of my favorite memes for the ye…

As we look toward the end of this unprecedented year, I want to share something with you all. This year has been personally hard for me in ways that are hard to express. As the leader of our school district, the professional challenges have been clear and not really unique as school district…

As 2020 comes to a close, we find ourselves reflecting on challenges that were unimaginable just 12 months ago. Yet during the Christmas season, we are filled with spiritual contemplation and profound gratitude. God has blessed Alabama with so many unselfish individuals, turning what could h…