Birmingham Craig Witherspoon

School Superintendents-Pay
4:07 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Mobile Co. Schools Chief Is Highest Paid In Ala.

New figures released by the Alabama Department of Education show Mobile County schools Superintendent Martha Peek is the highest-paid in the state.
Credit Mobile County Public Schools

New figures released by the Alabama Department of Education show Mobile County schools Superintendent Martha Peek is the highest-paid in the state.

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.

Second on the list is Birmingham City Schools' Craig Witherspoon, who earns $202,155 overseeing a system with 24,629 students.

Read more
Birmingham Schools-Probation
4:56 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Birmingham School System Put On Probation

The Birmingham School System has been put on probation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

The Birmingham School System has been put on probation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.


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.


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.

Read more
Birmingham School Closings
6:38 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Concerns Raised About Birmingham School Closings

Daniel Payne Middle School students are protesting at the community meeting.
Jonathan Hardison

Parents and teachers are expressing concerns about plans to close seven schools and lay off 133 workers in Birmingham City Schools.

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.


Stephannie Huey says she's taught at the middle school and high school level, and doesn't think the two groups will mix well. She said middle school students would be exposed to more sexual activity, drugs and cigarettes.

Read more
Business & Education
7:53 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Birmingham School Superintendent Gets Extension

Birmingham School Superintendent Craig Witherspoon is receiving a two year contract extension.
Credit blog.al.com

Leaders have approved a contract extension for the superintendent of Birmingham's troubled school system.


The city school board extended Craig Witherspoon's contract by two years during a meeting Tuesday.

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.


The state took over Birmingham's city school system in June, citing financial problems. The system lacks sufficient funding reserves required under a state law.

Read more