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Montgomery Public Schools, Alabama

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Montgomery Public Schools
Montgomery, Alabama
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District Profile
Superintendent:Margaret Allen
Enrollment:31,529 students
Graduation rate:64%[1]
Number of schools:57
Budget: $285.3 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Eleanor Lewis Dawkins
Board members:7
Term length:6
Montgomery Public Schools is a school district in the state of Alabama that served 31,529 students during the 2013-2014 school year.[2][3] This district is the third-largest school district by enrollment in the state of Alabama.

About the district

Montgomery Public Schools is located in Montgomery County, Alabama
Montgomery Public Schools is located in Montgomery County, Alabama. Montgomery County is home to 226,659 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[4]


Montgomery County outperformed the rest of Alabama in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 30.9 percent of Montgomery County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 22.3 percent for Alabama as a whole. The median household income in Montgomery County was $44,401 compared to $43,160 for the state of Alabama. The poverty rate in Montgomery County was 20.4 percent compared to 18.1 percent for the entire state.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2012[4]
Race Montgomery County (%) Alabama (%)
White 40.2 70.0
Black or African American 55.8 26.5
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3 0.7
Asian 2.3 1.2
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.3 1.5
Hispanic or Latino 3.5 4.1

Presidential Voting Pattern[5]
Year Republican Vote (%) Democratic Vote (%) Other Vote (%)
2012 37.6 61.8 0.6
2008 40.1 59.4 0.5
2004 49.2 50.4 0.4

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[6] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.


The superintendent of Montgomery Public Schools is Margaret Taylor-Allen. Working in Montgomery Public Schools since 1976, Allen was appointed as interim superintendent by the school board in October 2013. In January 2014, the school board unanimously voted to name her to the position on a permanent basis. She was given a two-year contract paying $158,100 per year.[7]

Allen earned an administrative certification from Alabama State University, a bachelor’s of science in elementary education/special education, master's in early childhood and master's in early childhood/handicapped from Auburn University Montgomery. Beginning her educational career as a teacher at Bear Elementary, she went on to serve as assistant principal at Forest Avenue Elementary, principal at Garrett Elementary, and as an executive director of elementary schools.[8]

School board

Montgomery Public Schools are overseen by a seven-member board elected to six-year terms. The term of office begins the first day of December following the general election.[9][10]

Montgomery Public Schools School Board
Member District Assumed Office Term Ends
Heather Sellers 1 2008 2014
W. Durden Dean 2 2012 2018
Eleanor Lewis Dawkins 3 2006 2018
Mary Briers 4 2010 2016
Melissa B. Snowden 5 2006 2018
Robert Porterfield 6 2008 2020
Beverly Ross 7 2016

School board elections

See also: Montgomery Public Schools elections (2014)

Members of the Montgomery Public Schools school board are elected to six-year terms. Elections are held each year in year. Two seats were up for election in 2014 and two seats are up for election in 2016.

Public participation in board meetings

The Montgomery Public Schools school board policy manual does not have a specified policy on public testimony during board meetings.[11]


The table below displays the budget for Montgomery Public Schools:[12][13]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2010-2011 $242,990,000 85.2% $17,054,000 6% $22,358,000 7.8% $2,903,000 1% $33,000 0% $285,338,000
Averages: $242,990,000 85% $17,054,000 6% $22,358,000 8% $2,903,000 1% $33,000 0% $285,338,000

Teacher Salaries

Montgomery Public Schools employed 1,854 teachers during the 2011-2012 school year.[3] The district's website states the following regarding teacher salaries, "Annual salaries for teaching positions are based on certificates and degrees held as well as years of experience in the profession.Applicants who have prior full-time teaching experience in a public school system or in a public college and/or university will be given credit for such experience. In these cases, the starting salaries cited above will be increased."[14]

The following table details the 2014-2015 Alabama state minimum salary schedule for classroom teachers:[15]

Salary structure 187 day contract
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
Non-Degree 36,867 46,917
Bachelor 36,867 46,917
Master 42,395 53,792
6-Year 45,714 57,916
Doctoral 49,032 62,040

Schools in Montgomery


Montgomery Public Schools served 31,529 students in 57 schools during the 2013–2014 school year. The district has not experienced a significant increase or decrease in enrollment in recent years.[2]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2004-2005 32,037
2005-2006 32,256 0.7
2006-2007 31,867 -1.2
2007-2008 31,596 -0.9
2008-2009 31,263 -1.1
2009-2010 31,542 0.9
2010-2011 31,547 0.01
2011-2012 31,070 -1.5
2012-2013 31,020 -0.2
2013-2014 31,529 1.6

District schools

Montgomery Public Schools operates 57 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[16]

  • Arboretum Nature Center
  • Baldwin Arts and Academics Magnet
  • Bear Exploration Center for Mathematics, Science and Technology
  • Bellingrath Middle
  • Blount Elementary
  • Booker T. Washington Magnet High
  • Brewbaker Intermediate
  • Brewbaker Middle School
  • Brewbaker Primary
  • Brewbaker Technology Magnet High School
  • Capital Heights Middle School
  • Carr Middle School
  • Carver Elementary and Arts Magnet
  • Carver High
  • Catoma Elementary
  • Children's Center
  • Chisholm Elementary
  • Crump Elementary
  • Dalraida Elementary
  • Dannelly Elementary

  • Davis Elementary
  • Dozier Elementary
  • Dunbar-Ramer School
  • The Fews School
  • Fitzpatrick Elementary
  • Flowers Elementary
  • Floyd Elementary
  • Floyd Middle School for Mathematics, Science and Technology
  • Forest Avenue Academic Magnet
  • Garrett Elementary
  • Georgia Washington Middle School
  • Goodwyn Middle School
  • Halcyon Elementary
  • Highland Avenue Elementary
  • Highland Gardens Elementary
  • Jefferson Davis High
  • Johnson Elementary
  • Lanier High
  • Loveless Academic Magnet Program High

  • MacMillan International Academy for Humanities, Communications and Technology
  • Martin Luther King Elementary
  • McKee Middle
  • Montgomery County Youth Facility
  • Montgomery Technical Education Center
  • Morningview Elementary
  • Morris Elementary
  • Nixon Elementary
  • Park Crossing
  • Pintlala Elementary
  • Progressive Academy of Creative Education
  • Robert E. Lee High
  • Southlawn Elementary
  • Southlawn Middle
  • Vaughn Road Elementary
  • Wares Ferry Road Elementary
  • Wilson Elementary

Academic performance

Starting with the 2013-2014 school year, the Alabama Department of Education replaced the No Child Left Behind Act with Plan 2020, a new way of measuring student achievement in the state. In addition to eliminating the Alabama High School Graduation Exam as the only path to graduation and switching to college and career readiness standards to judge student progress, Plan 2020 set achievement goals meant to close the achievement gap between students from different socioeconomic backgrounds. While the No Child Left Behind Act set the goal of having 100 percent of all students be proficient in math and reading, Plan 2020 set different proficiency goals for students based on subgroups. There are nine subgroups within the plan: American Indian, Asian/Pacific Islander, Hispanic, black, white, multi-race, English language learners, poverty and special education. Plan 2020 gave each subgroup an improvement goal for each year from its start in 2013 until 2020. Under the plan, all students will be at the same proficiency level by 2020.[17][18]

As of November 18, 2014, academic performance information was not available through the Alabama Department of Education's website. An April 25, 2014, posting on the department website stated the information would be available soon.[19]

Contact information

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Montgomery Public Schools
307 S. Decatur Street
Montgomery, AL 36104
Phone: (334) 223-6700

See also

External links

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  1. Alabama State Department of Education, "Accountability Documents and Reports," accessed November 18, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 Alabama State Department of Education, "Enrollment by Ethnicity and Gender (System Level)," accessed November 20, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 National Center for Education Statistics, "Montgomery County, Alabama," accessed November 24, 2014 (timed out)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 United States Census Bureau, "Montgomery County, Alabama," accessed May 20, 2014
  5. Alabama Secretary of State, "Election Information," accessed May 22, 2014
  6. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  7. Montgomery Advertiser, "Margaret Allen officially named MPS superintendent," January 15, 2014
  8., "Interim superintendent of Montgomery Public Schools Margaret Allen is veteran MPS educator," October 3, 2013
  9. Montgomery Public Schools, "School Board," accessed November 24, 2014
  10. Montgomery Public Schools, "Board of Education Procedures," accessed November 24, 2014
  11. Montgomery Public Schools, "School Board Documents," accessed November 24, 2014
  12. Montgomery Public Schools, "About Us," accessed November 25, 2013
  13. United States Census Bureau, "Public Elementary–Secondary Education Finance Data," accessed December 11, 2013
  14. Montgomery Public Schools, "Salary and Benefits," accessed November 24, 2014
  15. Alabama State Department of Education, "Salary Schedule 2015," April 29, 2014
  16. Montgomery Public Schools, "Schools," accessed November 20, 2014
  17. Tuscaloosa News, "Plan 2020 brings praise, criticism," July 3, 2013
  18. Cullman Times, "Education Revolution: How Plan 2020 Could Reshape Education in Alabama," December 9, 2012
  19. Alabama State Department of Education, "Accountability > All What's New in Accountability​," accessed November 18, 2014