Friday marks the third week of the 'intervention' of
Selma city schools and team leader Dr. Larry DiChiara gave a report card, an
overall 'A' for cooperation.
So far, so good.
"The cooperation has been excellent," said Dr. DiChiara.
But that is not to say it hasn't been challenging. DiChiara
says there's been some push back from inside central office and part of
intervening means trouble-shooting, fixing one problem and tackling another.
"The longer you stay in a school district the more
skeletons you'll find and that's with any school district,' said DiChiara.
The intervention was brought on by reports of academic issues at
Selma High School and a teacher allegedly having sexual relations with a
One new development today; reports of test scores being tampered
with on the elementary school level may not be as widespread as
"We've pretty much concluded it wasn't on the principal level
so it may have been a couple of teachers involved but no one from central
office," DiChiara said.
Selma city school superintendent Gerald Shirley and two
administrators, Wanda McCall and Mamie Solomon, remain on leave with pay. As
for the decision on the future employment of those administrators,
DiChiara says that will likely be made the week after spring break.
Spring break is next week for the district of 4,000
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