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50th Anniversary Celebrations

August 31, 2020 -- Hello Vestavia Hills City Schools family. Today, August 31st, marks the 50th anniversary of when Vestavia Hills City Schools opened its doors for students. What started with two campuses and 2,500 students now has nine campuses and more than 7,100 students. Throughout its history, our school system has maintained its reputation for excellence with a keen focus on continuous improvement. This is because of the overwhelming commitment of this community to our mission of providing every student the opportunity to learn without limits.

We want to celebrate our 50th year in unique ways that affirm our commitment to being the gold standard of school systems. Our first event will be announcing the inaugural class of the Educator Hall of Fame. A committee of stakeholders has finalized the class based on nominations that were received and we plan to announce those in early September. This is, indeed, a group of exceptional individuals that define the gold standard of educators that make VHCS such a special place. I look forward to sharing them with you.

We are tentatively scheduled to have an open house at the new Louis Pizitz Middle School on the evening of Monday, October 5. We look forward to hosting this event, and should we have to reschedule, we will certainly let you know. As you know, because of the tremendous partnership the school system has with the City of Vestavia Hills, we purchased the old Berry High School and have renovated it to be our newest school addition. The collaborative efforts with the City of Vestavia Hills has furthered our ability to provide the best schools and community spaces for students and residents to enjoy. This partnership is the gold standard of a school system and city government working together to enhance quality of life for everyone.

One of the cornerstones of the success of our system is the unparalleled community support we receive. This year is no different. Our PTO’s have already been planning major events to provide support for each school. Service organizations including Rotary Club have planned fundraising events to support programs in our schools. Our Partners In Education are finding innovative ways to contribute to the learning experiences for our students. And, recently, the Vestavia Hills City Schools Foundation committed $130,000 in grants to schools to provide instructional supplies needed during this unique school year. These are perennial examples of the gold standard of community engagement we have in Vestavia Hills.

I know you join me in celebrating the 50 year tradition of high expectations and success of VHCS. It is an honor to serve this wonderful school system and be a part of a thriving community that actively pursues excellence in all we do.