Birmingham Craig Witherspoon http://apr.org en Mobile Co. Schools Chief Is Highest Paid In Ala. http://apr.org/post/mobile-co-schools-chief-highest-paid-ala <p>New figures released by the Alabama Department of Education show Mobile County schools Superintendent Martha Peek is the highest-paid in the state.</p><p>AL.com reports that Peek earns an annual salary of $204,000 overseeing the largest school system in Alabama with an enrollment of 59,000 students.</p><p>Second on the list is Birmingham City Schools' Craig Witherspoon, who earns $202,155 overseeing a system with 24,629 students.</p> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 22:07:36 +0000 The Associated Press 41255 at http://apr.org Mobile Co. Schools Chief Is Highest Paid In Ala. Birmingham School System Put On Probation http://apr.org/post/birmingham-school-system-put-probation <P>The Birmingham School System has been put on probation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.</P> <P>School system officials said Thursday that although probation is a serious matter for the district, all of its schools are still accredited for the time being.</P> <P>The accreditation agency sent a review team to Birmingham in mid-May and a report outlined micro management among other issues in the school district.</P> <P>Birmingham Schools Superintendent Craig Witherspoon says the district has already started implementing some of the accreditation agency's recommendation Thu, 25 Jul 2013 21:56:21 +0000 The Associated Press 34830 at http://apr.org Birmingham School System Put On Probation Concerns Raised About Birmingham School Closings http://apr.org/post/concerns-raised-about-birmingham-school-closings <P>Parents and teachers are expressing concerns about plans to close seven schools and lay off 133 workers in Birmingham City Schools.</P> <DIV> <P>At a Monday night meeting, community members said they feared the consequences of one aspect of the plan: Consolidating some seventh- and eighth-grade students with high school students.</P> <P>Stephannie Huey says she's taught at the middle school and high school level, and doesn't think the two groups will mix well. Tue, 05 Mar 2013 12:38:47 +0000 The Associated Press 26103 at http://apr.org Concerns Raised About Birmingham School Closings Birmingham School Superintendent Gets Extension http://apr.org/post/birmingham-school-superintendent-gets-extension <P>Leaders have approved a contract extension for the superintendent of Birmingham's troubled school system.</P> <P>The city school board extended Craig Witherspoon's contract by two years during a meeting Tuesday.</P> <DIV> <P>Some members weren't happy, saying they felt pressured to vote because of state support for Witherspoon. The extension passed on a 5-4 vote.</P> <P>The state took over Birmingham's city school system in June, citing financial problems. Wed, 12 Dec 2012 13:53:54 +0000 The Associated Press 21852 at http://apr.org Birmingham School Superintendent Gets Extension