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HCS Superintendent Addresses Crowd at Brock's Gap Intermediate School
HCS Superintendent Addresses Crowd at Brock's Gap Intermediate School

10-07-2015/HOOVER

Hoover school rezoning talks with the public officially restarted tonight after a yearlong hiatus.

New Hoover schools Superintendent Kathy Murphy led a public discussion at Brock’s Gap Intermediate School, explaining to parents, teachers and others why the Hoover school district needs to redraw attendance zones.

About 80 people showed up for the meeting in the school cafeteria – the first of five community meetings to be held over the next two months.

Parents well remember the turmoil associated with former Superintendent Andy Craig’s rezoning plan, which sent many communities into an uproar in the summer and fall of 2014. Craig’s plan, after numerous revisions, went to the U.S. Justice Department for review and was shelved when Craig left the system to take a job with the Alabama Department of Education in January.

But the school district still needs to redraw school zones, Murphy said tonight.

First, the school system needs to redistribute children to better utilize its school buildings, she said. Trace Crossings Elementary School is only at 52 percent capacity, while Deer Valley Elementary is at 108 percent capacity, she said.

“There are more children there than there need to be,” she said.

Plus, Hoover High School, with roughly 2,900 students this year, is basically filled to capacity..

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