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U.S. District Judge Madeline Haikala today said she was encouraged by the collaborative effort used to develop new school attendance zones in Hoover, but she has yet to render a decision on the proposal.

Haikala listened to more than six hours of testimony about the rezoning plan developed for Hoover City Schools during a hearing at the federal courthouse in Birmingham.

She said she has a much better understanding of the impact the proposed new attendance zones would have on the Hoover community but would like to take all the written materials and testimony under advisement before issuing an order.

If she has additional questions before she is ready to render a decision, she will set up a telephone conference call with attorneys for all the parties involved, she said.

The plan presented to the federal court could potentially shift about 2,500 children to new schools in the 2016-17 school year. Hoover school officials say the rezoning is needed to put children in schools closer to their homes, maximize use of existing school buildings and to make room for future growth.

Haikala said she was encouraged by the productive working relationship that seems to have developed between the Hoover school system, the U.S. Department of Justice and attorneys for minority plaintiffs in a decades-old school desegregation lawsuit.

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