Parents, students and alumni gathered last night at St. Jude school and learned nothing can be done to reverse the school's fate. The Archdiocese of Mobile announced it will shutter the institute on West Fairview at the end of the school year due to ongoing financial problems and low enrollment. Some parents are upset that Catholic school leaders did not give them a chance to address the school's financial problem.
Common Ground Vandalism
Vandalism and thefts are plaguing the Common Ground organization in west Montgomery. The non-profit group's building in the Washington Park Community no longer has air conditioning after thieves ripped out the cooper wiring in all six air conditioning units on the property. The damaged air conditioning units were discovered this week. Common Ground co-founders Bryan Kelly and Kevin King also said someone shot out a window shot in the building's lobby. No arrests were made. Common Ground provides after school, summer and mentor programs in west Montgomery.
A west Alabama school superintendent was in Hayneville Municipal Court Thursday for arraignment. But the case against Lowndes County School Superintendent Dr. Daniel Boyd took an unexpected turn when the Hayneville city judge recused himself, citing a possible conflict of interest. Hayneville Police Chief Kelvin Mitchell also said 135 counts of reckless endangerment were dismissed against Dr. Boyd because the charges were filed out the police jurisdiction.
A summer jobs program sponsored by Montgomery County is making a comeback following a five year hiatus. The 10 week program will employ about two dozen high school seniors and college students in various county departments, including the sheriff's office. Chief Deputy Derrick Cunningham said the program makes it easier for a student to move to more opportunities.