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Update from the Superintendent

April 26, 2018 -- Over the past few months, you have most likely seen the construction projects taking place at many of our schools. These projects have been needed to accommodate projected growth and to ensure that our schools continue to provide students with high quality learning environments.

Projects at Vestavia Hills Elementary Cahaba Heights and Vestavia Hills Elementary West are ongoing and will continue through early fall. Additional phases of construction will begin this summer at the Berry campus as we prepare to move Pizitz Middle School students and staff there for the beginning of school in August of 2019.

Now that the U.S. District Court has given its approval for the sale of the Gresham Elementary School campus, we are moving forward with construction plans on a classroom addition to begin there this summer and be ready for the beginning of school in August 2019. Jefferson County Schools will continue to use Gresham during the 2018-19 academic year.

With the approval of the sale of Gresham, we are now focusing on elementary school rezoning that will be effective beginning with the 2019-20 academic year. The Board of Education and I will seek your input through a process facilitated by our consultants at Cooperative Strategies. I encourage you to engage and participate in this important process.

On May 31, the Board of Education will hold a work session to consider three rezoning options. Beginning Friday, June 1 through Friday, June 22, you will be able to view each option and provide input through an online survey. For those who would like to provide feedback in person, Cooperative Strategies will also host two community forums on Tuesday, June 12 at 5:00 p.m. and Wednesday, June 13 at 9:00 a.m. Both forums will take place at Vestavia Hills Elementary East. All responses will be reviewed and analyzed by Cooperative Strategies. Finally, I will make a recommendation to the Board at a called meeting in July.

We are fortunate to live in a community where education has traditionally been our most important priority. Because of this commitment, each of our elementary schools provide exceptional learning environments for our children. The rezoning process will ensure that this tradition continues.

Todd Freeman, Ed.D.
Vestavia Hills City Schools