Montgomery school board

Alabama's third-largest public school system is facing a state takeover.

Montgomery School Board Vice President Lesa Keith tells the Montgomery Advertiser that officials there have been told the state is taking control of the system. She says no details will be provided until after state superintendent Michael Sentance meets with local leaders.

State officials aren't commenting, but Sentance is scheduled to meet with the Montgomery County Board of Education, Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange, and the state board of education in the next week.

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The Montgomery school board has voted to accept a mutual separation agreement with former Superintendent Barbara Thompson.

The 5-2 vote came during a special meeting Wednesday afternoon and the board voted to appoint the district's professional development director, Margaret Allen, to serve as interim superintendent.

Thompson will receive benefits included in her contract, including a year's salary of $155,000 and $10,000 for relocation expenses.