MPS New Organizational Structure

May 29, 2014

The Montgomery County Board of Education has approved a new organizational structure that allows Superintendent Margaret Allen to hire five executive directors whose duties will include overseeing various education programs and the school system's principals.  At a Wednesday session, the school board voted unanimously to approve the changes as part of a long range strategic plan.  The Montgomery County School Board also approved the hiring of Emily Little to serve as the new principal of Forest Avenue Academic Magnet School.  Little currently serves as the principal of Dannelly Elementary School. 

Delayed Report

A state public health official says UAB Hospital was late in reporting an outbreak of deadly legionella bacteria that infected patients. quotes assistant sate health officer Dr. Mary McIntyre as saying the hospital knew about a cluster of cases as early as May 7th.  But she says health officials didn't find out about the outbreak until May 19th.  The notification came from a laboratory the hospital used for testing.  Two people died of the nine who tested positive for the legionella disease in early May, but hospital officials are refusing to release the exact date.  They cite patient confidentiality. 

Newborn Death

Federal Marshals say a south Alabama woman accused in the death if her newborn baby has been arrested.  U.S. Marshals said in a statement that 36-year-old Chastity Ballinger was arrested Tuesday in Saraland.  Ballinger was sought by the Wilcox County Sheriff's Office on a capital murder charge after an infant's remains were found in plastic container in September of last year in Thomasville. 

Officer Cleared

A district attorney says a grand jury has cleared an Alexander City police officer in connection with a March 8th shooting that killed a 21-year-old man outside a fast food restaurant.  Tallapoosa County D.A. E. Paul Jones said the grand jury found officer Tommy Manesse did nothing wrong when he fired shots that killed 21-year-old Emerson Crayton Jr. at a Huddle House restaurant  The victim's family has filed a civil lawsuit against the Alexander City Police Dept.