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Hoover school district ready to face rezoning, budget challenges head on, superintendent tells employees back button

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School rezoning and tough budget discussions were two big challenges for Hoover City Schools last year and will continue to be this school year, Superintendent Kathy Murphy told employees in a back-to-school address today.

But school officials are up to the challenges and will tackle them head-on, Murphy told the nearly 1,800 school system employees who gathered at Hunter Street Baptist Church.

“Leadership means facing challenges head-on,” Murphy said. “I’m not real good at ducking and dodging and pretending and throwing my head down in the sand and pretending that all is fine. I’m all about owning and being transparent.”

Hoover school officials worked long and hard over the past year to listen to the public and craft the best rezoning plan for Hoover City Schools before submitting a plan for federal court review this past spring, Murphy said.

U.S. District Judge Madeline Haikala gave preliminary approval to the rezoning plan in May but held off on final approval, asking school officials, the U.S. Department of Justice and NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund to more fully assess issues regarding the school district’s efforts to meet desegregation obligations.

The judge told the parties to collaborate on a written assessment of how Hoover schools are doing in regard to desegregation and how those issues affect school attendance zones and file it with the court by Jan. 17. Then, by May 31, the parties must present a comprehensive plan for a path for Hoover to be released from federal court supervision.

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