State begins full take over of Birmingham Schools - ABC 33/40 - Birmingham News, Weather, Sports

State begins full take over of Birmingham Schools

Posted: Updated:

The Alabama Board of Education started its takeover of Birmingham City Schools Tuesday.  Dr. Craig Pouncey, deputy state superintendent of education, and Dr. Ed Richardson, former state superintendent, spoke for 35 minutes during a news conference Tuesday morning regarding the implications of a full state intervention.

Dr. Craig Witherspoon will keep his position as Birmingham Schools Superintendent.  Willie Thomas of Macon County Schools will become CEO of Birmingham Schools if a back-up is needed for Witherspoon. Arthur Watts will stay on as Chief Financial Officer. Dr. Ed Richardson is now the Chief Financial Officer appointed by the State Board of Education.  Dr. Richardson said, "The average intervention is two years. One year at a minimum. But, it is expected to be longer. "Dr. Craig Pouncey was more frank with his outlook, "It could take four years as things stand right now," he said about the length of time of the state intervention.

Another consequence of the state intervention is a delayed start to the school year in Birmingham.  State leaders say they recommended delaying the opening of Birmingham schools by three days to two weeks as the school system works through the early stages of the intervention.  The exact start date has not been determined.

The full intervention comes after the Birmingham Board of Education rejected a financial plan that included mass layoffs.  During today's news conference Dr. Ed Richardson had stern words for board members saying, "The board may have overreached. We will decide if that has happened."  He also mentioned that, "Some of the board members need to understand what their purpose is on the board. To provide a first class education for students."

  • Latest StoriesMore>>

  • Jefferson County deputies hold bone marrow drive to help one of their own

    Jefferson County deputies hold bone marrow drive to help one of their own

    Thursday, August 21 2014 12:03 AM EDT2014-08-21 04:03:36 GMT
    The Jefferson County's Sheriff's Office is seeking help for one of its own.  More >>
    The Jefferson County's Sheriff's Office is seeking help for one of its own.  More >>
  • TechBits: tech news (08.20.14)

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 10:30 PM EDT2014-08-21 02:30:56 GMT
    Microsoft may rename Internet Explorer. In a recent Reddit chat, Microsoft engineers say they've been in talks about revamping some of the company's products. They say it would be a way to shed old negative images of some of its software.Linux is trying to drive into the automotive technology market. At a recent automotive Linux conference, there were discussions of building a core system car companies could tailor to their own needs. It would go up against proprietary systems by companies li...More >>
    Microsoft may rename Internet Explorer. In a recent Reddit chat, Microsoft engineers say they've been in talks about revamping some of the company's products. They say it would be a way to shed old negative images of some of its software.Linux is trying to drive into the automotive technology market. At a recent automotive Linux conference, there were discussions of building a core system car companies could tailor to their own needs. It would go up against proprietary systems by companies li...More >>
  • WATCH: Nick Saban, Alabama football team complete Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS

    WATCH: Nick Saban, Alabama football team complete Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 9:37 PM EDT2014-08-21 01:37:12 GMT
    You know Nick Saban would never back down from a challenge, especially one that's for such a worthy cause.More >>
    You know Nick Saban would never back down from a challenge, especially one that's for such a worthy cause.More >>
  • WATCH: Auburn's Gus Malzahn takes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

    WATCH: Auburn's Gus Malzahn takes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 9:24 PM EDT2014-08-21 01:24:27 GMT
    Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Wednesday then called out PGA Tour pro Jason Dufner, who happens to be a huge Tigers football fan, and Panthers quarterback Cam Newton.More >>
    Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Wednesday then called out PGA Tour pro Jason Dufner, who happens to be a huge Tigers football fan, and Panthers quarterback Cam Newton.
    More >>
  • EXCLUSIVE: Birmingham Mayor William Bell addresses criticism of international travel

    EXCLUSIVE: Birmingham Mayor William Bell addresses criticism of international travel

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 8:59 PM EDT2014-08-21 00:59:15 GMT
    For the first time in an exclusive interview with ABC 33/40, Birmingham Mayor William Bell addressed public criticism of his frequent international trips.More >>
    For the first time in an exclusive interview with ABC 33/40, Birmingham Mayor William Bell addressed public criticism of his frequent international trips.More >>
  • Birmingham Mayor confident in DNC pitch, admits hurdles

    Birmingham Mayor confident in DNC pitch, admits hurdles

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 7:22 PM EDT2014-08-20 23:22:25 GMT
    Birmingham Mayor William Bell is more confident than ever in the city's chances of landing the 2016 Democratic National Convention.In an interview with ABC 33/40 Wednesday, Bell said it's a matter of proving the city can handle the large-scale event. Some critics argue other cities vying for the convention have more viable transportation and venue options."We still have a lot of heavy competition in terms of Philadelphia and New York. We lack in some areas that is of interest to the DNC such ...More >>
    Birmingham Mayor William Bell is more confident than ever in the city's chances of landing the 2016 Democratic National Convention.In an interview with ABC 33/40 Wednesday, Bell said it's a matter of proving the city can handle the large-scale event. Some critics argue other cities vying for the convention have more viable transportation and venue options."We still have a lot of heavy competition in terms of Philadelphia and New York. We lack in some areas that is of interest to the DNC such ...More >>
  • Picture emerges of police officer in Ferguson shooting

    Picture emerges of police officer in Ferguson shooting

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 6:46 PM EDT2014-08-20 22:46:00 GMT
    A white police officer whose shooting death of an unarmed black 18-year-old ignited racial upheaval in a St. Louis suburb has been characterized as either an aggressor whose deadly gunfire constituted a daylight execution or a law enforcer wrongly maligned for just doing his job.More >>
    A white police officer whose shooting death of an unarmed black 18-year-old ignited racial upheaval in a St. Louis suburb has been characterized as either an aggressor whose deadly gunfire constituted a daylight execution or a law enforcer wrongly maligned for just doing his job.
    More >>
  • Faulty compressor knocks out air conditioning in two rooms at Rudd Middle School

    Faulty compressor knocks out air conditioning in two rooms at Rudd Middle School

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 6:36 PM EDT2014-08-20 22:36:13 GMT
    High temperatures, big windows and several people gathered inside a room creates a combination sure to make anyone uncomfortable. Parents say that is what's happening at Rudd Middle School in Pinson. ABC 33/40 went to the schools to ask the principal why.More >>
    High temperatures, big windows and several people gathered inside a room creates a combination sure to make anyone uncomfortable. Parents say that is what's happening at Rudd Middle School in Pinson. ABC 33/40 went to the schools to ask the principal why.More >>