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Monroe County public schools are governed by the Monroe County Board of Education, consisting of five elected members and an appointed superintendent. Student enrollment of 3,562 students in 2014/15 represents approximately 90 percent of school-age children in Monroe County communities. Monroe County Public Schools’ Superintendent Mr. Greg Shehan is actively engaged in enhancing educational opportunities for the students of Monroe County.

Monroe County School System has a tremendous gifted program. Students from all Monroe County Schools that qualify for this program are transported to the Monroe County Central Office building for instruction. Monroe County Schools offer numerous Advanced Placement classes for students. Monroe County students have been very successful with the Advanced Placement exams. The Monroe County School System is very proud of the Fine Arts Department. Students from all the high schools are transported to the Central Office Building for art and theatre classes. The system has a very active robotics program in each of the middle schools and high schools.

All Monroe County Schools host a preschool program. The school system is anticipating expanding these programs into multiple classrooms at some locations. All schools in the Monroe County School System implement a breakfast program and the system also participates in the program known as “Champions for Healthy Active Alabama Schools.”

Monroe County School System has upgraded the wireless connectivity for all schools. The Monroe County Board of Education feels that teaching through technology is the key to the success of students as they pursue careers and post-secondary education. All schools have computer labs and portable computer carts that enhance the students’ education.

When he is not visiting schools, Mr. Greg Shehan may be found at the Central Office location at 109 Pickens St. This location houses all departments of the Central Office, fine arts classes, the gifted program and HIPPY.

Private School

Monroe Academy, founded in 1969, is a private day school with 419 students enrolled in K3 through 12th grade. The school is committed to “excellence in education in a Christian environment.” Over the past 10 years, the school’s graduation rate is 100 percent and in an average year, 95 percent of graduates enter college with 75 percent receiving scholarships.

Monroe Academy also offers a fully accredited daycare program for 3- and 4-year-olds. The facility is self-contained on the Monroe Academy campus, and is open from 6:45 a.m. until 5:15 p.m. Balanced and nutritional meals are provided to students, and each morning starts with devotion and morning prayer.

The school offers a diverse range of athletic activities and clubs for its students, including band, team sports, art and technology classes.

Higher Education

Alabama Southern provides comprehensive educational opportunities and services in diverse learning environments to enhance community and economic development for the citizens of southwest Alabama. The college provides services in an area of over 5,000 square miles with campuses located in Monroeville, Thomasville, Gilbertown and Jackson.

Alabama Southern provides nearly 1,400 students with a flexible schedule by offering courses on-campus, online, in the evening, in mini-terms, and through dual enrollment for area high school students. Courses offered are many of the same as four-year institutions at a fraction of the cost. ASCC also offers smaller class sizes with a 17:1 student to faculty ratio.

A recent study conducted by WalletHub, an online financial site, found that Alabama Southern Community College ranks among the best community colleges in the nation. ASCC was the only community college in the state of Alabama to be ranked in the top 100. In addition, the college was ranked 16th overall for Classroom Experience. “The recognition of 16th in the nation for Classroom Experience is a direct result of the hard work from faculty and staff,” said Dr. Reginald Sykes, ASCC President. “We have high expectations for our students and ensure that services are in place to support their academic success.”

Alabama Southern supports and encourages economic growth. The new Workforce Development Center provides courses in the welding and industrial maintenance programs. In additional, many programs are offered to enrich the area’s quality of life to include art exhibits, concerts, theatre presentations, and the annual events Alabama Writers Symposium and Black History Program.

In 2016, there are exciting changes for Alabama Southern Community College and several other two-year colleges in lower Alabama. The Alabama Community College System Board of Trustees approved the planning process for Alabama Southern to merge with three other colleges to create a single college with expanded academic and technical program offerings and enhanced student opportunities.

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