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Kermit Kendrick Named to Board of Education

 Kermit Kendrick
Kermit Kendrick

The Hoover City Council tonight appointed Kermit Kendrick, an attorney with the Burr & Forman law firm, to replace Jill Ganus on the Hoover Board of Education.

Kermit, 50, lives in the Willow Lake subdivision off South Shades Crest Road and has been a resident of Hoover for 16 years. His wife, Tanya, is director of the Health Sciences Academy at Hoover High School.

Kendrick was chosen from among 11 applicants to fill the remaining 2 ½ years on Ganus’ term. Ganus resigned after the governor appointed her to fill a Jefferson County District Court judgeship.

Councilman Derrick Murphy, who is chairman of the council’s Education Committee, said this was a terrific group of applicants but Kendrick stood out in part because of his legal experience. He has been with Burr & Forman for 17 years and has experience in federal court.

One of the biggest challenges facing the Hoover school system right now is the desire to be free from federal court supervision as it relates to a decades-old desegregation court case, Murphy said. Kendrick’s knowledge and understanding of the federal court system and his familiarity with the desegregation court case should serve the school system extremely well, Murphy said.

With his wife heading up the Health Sciences Academy, he also understands not only the need for strong core curriculum, but also for academies and vocational education, Murphy said.

Councilman Curt Posey said Kendrick’s financial background and knowledge also will serve the school system well as the school system continues to navigate budget challenges and face upcoming increases in its debt service payments. Kendrick was a financial consultant with Merrill Lynch for two years prior to his time with Burr & Forman.

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