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17-August-2016 (HCS) - United States District Judge Madeline Haikala issued a court order approving the sale of the former W.A. Berry High School campus to the Vestavia Hills Board of Education by the Hoover Board of Education.

Officials from both school systems are pleased with today's decision and look forward to making progress on the transition of the campus.

"I am pleased with today’s decision by the court granting the request of the Hoover Board of Education to sell the “Old Berry” High School campus to Vestavia Hills City Schools. Many in our community fondly remember their time at W. A. Berry High School. It’s a school rich in history … a place where memories of a lifetime were made. We are pleased that the Vestavia Hills Board of Education has chosen to purchase this campus and to revitalize it so that more students may benefit from its existence and more lifetime memories can be made," Dr. Kathy Murphy, HCS Superintendent, said.

"I want to once again express our gratitude to the City of Hoover and the Hoover City Board of Education for the opportunity to work jointly for the good of both school systems. I also want to thank our own city leaders who have contributed so greatly to our acquisition of the Berry campus. We believe this facility will benefit all Vestavia Hills children and residents as we work together to preserve and revitalize the legacy of this great school and stadium," Dr. Sheila Phillips, Vestavia Hills City Schools Superintendent, said.

We intend to hold community forums, stakeholder focus groups and community surveys to discuss a facilities plan for the Berry campus. The first two community forums will take place on Thursday, September 8 at noon and again at 6 p.m. at the Vestavia Hills Board of Education building on Montgomery Highway. Additional meeting times and stakeholder focus groups throughout the planning will be announced at a later date. We will move forward with these conversations thoughtfully and methodically to ensure all our stakeholders are heard in the months ahead."

W.A. Berry High School opened in 1959 and operated as a high school until 1994, when the new Hoover High School opened.  It was renovated years later and reopened as Berry Middle School, only to close again in 2005 when the new Berry Middle School on Jaguar Drive (Valleydale Road) opened.  Hoover City Schools departments housed at the Columbiana Road campus have now been moved to other sites within the district.

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