Shelby County issues statement regarding failing school, Linda Nolen Learning Center

Linda Nolen Learning Center in Alabaster. (Shelby County Board of Education Photo)

Following the recent announcement that Linda Nolen Learning Center in Alabaster was considered to be a failing school, Shelby County spokeswoman Cindy Warner released a statement Tuesday addressing the low performance at the special needs school.

Link:{} See the complete list of failing schools in Alabama

Statement from Warner:

"The Linda Nolen Learning Center serves students with significant special needs, including students with medical issues that require round-the-clock care, and students with emotional and behavioral disorders.

"We provide a quality education to students who are on an individualized education plan," said Superintendent Randy Fuller.{} "Our goal is to help them make progress, to help them move from point A to point B, not holding them accountable to the same standards as all other students.{} We fell like the Linda Nolen Learning Center is an excellent school and it is one that the majority of parents have willingly chosen as the best learning environment for their child."

"Under the definition of failing schools per the Alabama Accountability Act of 2013 Section 4(3)i, the Linda Nolen Learning Center meets the criteria as a persistently low-performing school by the State Department of Education, in the most recent United States Department of Education School Improvement School Improvement Grant (FY2011 for Tier I and Tier II Lowest Achieving 5%).{} * The Linda Nolen Learning Center was eligible, but did not apply for the grant.

"The Linda Nolen Learning Center does not appear with the school listed under Section 4(3)iii, which removes schools that exclusively serve a special population of students."