School Restructuring Updates

Overview

  • School Restructuring

    Message from Interim Superintendent Charles Mason, Ed.D.

    In April of this year, the Vestavia Hills Board of Education adopted a facilities plan to address the current overcrowding of its schools and the ongoing growth in enrollment projected over the next several years.

    That plan provided for the following structure of our schools beginning with the opening of the 2019 – 2020 school year:

    • Vestavia Hills High School: 10th – 12th grades
    • Berry Campus: 6th – 9th grades
    • Liberty Park Middle School: 6th – 9th grades
    • Pizitz Campus: Kindergarten – 5th grades
    • Vestavia Hills Elementary East: Kindergarten – 5th grades
    • Vestavia Hills Elementary West: Kindergarten – 5th grades
    • Vestavia Hills Elementary Cahaba Heights: Kindergarten – 5th grades
    • Vestavia Hills Elementary Liberty Park: Kindergarten – 5th grades

    Then, in July, the Jefferson County Board of Education approached the Vestavia Hills Board of Education to determine its interest in purchasing the Gresham Elementary School property.  In August, the Vestavia Hills Board of Education signed a letter of intent indicating its desire to purchase the Gresham property at its appraised value. Negotiations with Jefferson County for the purchase of Gresham continue and are sufficiently promising to begin the process of considering how Gresham might fit into our long-range facility plans.

    Your Board has charged me with answering this question:  Would the acquisition of Gresham make possible a revised facilities plan that would be preferable to the plan adopted in April by the Board?  Over the past several weeks, I have been working with staff, Hoar Program Management, and Lathan and Associates Architects to answer that question.

    At this point, I have identified two options that I believe are worthy of the Board’s consideration.  Those options are presented on this website along with the pros, cons, and frequently asked questions for each plan. This information reflects both work of the administrative staff and input received at all four public engagement meetings in November.

    During the month of November, we held a series of community engagement meetings to inform our stakeholders of these plans while also offering the same information and opportunity for engagement online. Our complete timeline for this process is shown on this page.

    In December, I will recommend that the Board either affirm the plan it adopted in April or adopt a modification to that plan.  In either case, I will make my recommendation public in advance of the Board meeting, and all stakeholders will then be able to comment online to me and to the Board of Education.

    Throughout the process, we will post periodic updates on this website.  I ask that you make this your go-to source for accurate and timely information.  

    Sincerely,

    Charles Mason, Ed.D.
    Interim Superintendent
    Vestavia Hills City Schools

Timeline and Process

  • Tuesday, November 7

    Board work session/public engagement
    Vestavia Hills Elementary East – 7:00 p.m.

    Thursday, November 9

    Results of work session go online for public review and engagement

    Tuesday, November 14

    Public engagement meetings:
    St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church – 10:00 a.m.
    Liberty Park Middle School – 6:00 p.m.

    Wednesday, November 15

    Public engagement meeting:
    Louis Pizitz Middle School – 4:00 p.m.
    (Regular Board meeting to follow at 6:00 p.m.)

    November 16 – 22   

    Ongoing online public engagement

    December 6

    Superintendent’s recommendation made public

    December 6 – 12

    Online engagement to respond to Superintendent’s recommendation

    December 13

    Board of Education acts on Superintendent’s recommendation at regular Board meeting – 6:00 p.m. at Board of Education