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Forbes Names HCS 4th Best Place to Work in Alabama

September 1, 2022

(Hoover, AL) - Hoover City Schools has added another significant distinction to its local, state, and national recognitions. Forbes released its 2022 America’s Best Employers By State and selected the Hoover City Schools District as the 4th Best Place to Work in Alabama. A total of 45 Alabama employers are rated and listed. 

"My initial reaction was wow," said Hoover City Schools Superintendent Dr. Dee O. Fowler.  "Then, the more I considered the honor, I realized that naming us was probably an easy decision. The Board, all employees, students, city leaders, and the community all work collaboratively to make Hoover City Schools a great place to work." 

According to the Forbes article, it partnered with a market research company to compile the fourth annual list of America’s Best Employers By State. The list was compiled by surveying 70,000 Americans working for businesses with at least 500 employees. Surveys were conducted anonymously, allowing participants to share their opinions freely. The rankings were determined based on several things, including the safety of the work environment, compensation, and opportunities for advancement. The final list ranked 1,382 employers in the country. 

Established in 1987, the Hoover City Schools District has 1,869 employees with a student population of 13,446. There are 17 schools in the district, including a career training facility. The Executive Director of Human Resources, Kristi Williams, says she reads the Forbes “Best Places to Work” article annually and has always thought about the work that must go into achieving such a coveted spot – and she says here we are! 

“The Hoover City Schools District prides itself in hiring and retaining employees who strive for excellence in a collaborative and professional environment where all people are valued,” said Williams. “We appreciate all Hoover City Schools employees who contribute to the district's success and make it the best place to work–from administrators and faculty to support and operations staff. It’s the like-minded people who create an exceptional work environment, and I’m thankful for our superintendent, Dr. Fowler, and the Hoover Board of Education, who work hard to provide the vision and leadership for our district to make it the best in the state.”

Hoover Mayor Frank Brocato says in a day and time when the employment landscape is rapidly morphing in ways we’ve never seen before, that it is an honor for Hoover’s schools to earn this prestigious recognition.  

“It’s no secret to us here at the City of Hoover that our schools offer a tremendous work environment,” said Brocato. “It’s reflected in the success and pride of our students and families.  But now, the secret is out, and I, as Mayor, applaud this honor. For years, we’ve stressed that the City of Hoover is a great place to live, work, and play. This award reinforces that premise. Congratulations to Dr. Fowler and all those who contribute to making HCS an outstanding place to work every day. “ Read Forbes' full story here: