School board tours schools

Published 6:57 pm Saturday, August 1, 2015

Education leaders and community members literally cleaned house Friday at some of Selma City Schools.

School board members, central office staff and other stakeholders took part in the rounds, which allow school principals to get feedback on the school’s cleanliness, attractiveness and more.

Superintendent Dr. Angela Mangum said the day went well.

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“We looked in classrooms, offices, teacher workrooms, bathrooms. We wanted to give the principals and the staff feedback on specific criteria such as cleanliness, whether or not the environment was declutterred, attractive, safe and healthy,” Mangum said.

Individuals were divided into three teams and sent on their way to examine every school in the system.

Each team had a certain number of schools to visit.

School board president Henry Hicks said he enjoyed the day, but he did see some small areas the school system need to address. Hicks and his team visited Edgewood Elementary School, Cedar Park and Payne on their rounds.

“It’s nothing really major, but it’s a lot of cosmetics we need to take care of, especially carpeting in the elementary schools. They are tearing, and we can’t get them as clean as we want them to be. Some carpets we might remove and go back to commercial tile.”

Mangum said some of the facilities are old, and there are some needs for upgrades and repairs. She said she and board members will be discussing plans for improvement. Overall, she said she was pleased with efforts made by the individual schools.

“Generally, I believe progress has been made in terms of the principals and the staff understanding the importance of having a safe, clean environment for their students,” Mangum saud. “I’ve seen some strides in making the physical space more attractive and appealing for the children.”