In December, the Vestavia Hills Board of Education adopted its comprehensive school restructuring plan. As you probably know, this plan calls for the district to transition from two to three K-5 schools west of Highway 280 in the fall of 2019. Given the growth in our community, it’s important that we establish elementary attendance zones that ensure each school has the necessary facilities to deliver quality education and to accommodate projected growth.
To assist us in developing the best possible rezoning plan, we have engaged Cooperative Strategies, a team of consultants charged with analyzing the growth and demographics of the city to ensure an outcome that matches with the Board’s goals.
At this point, Cooperative Strategies and focus groups of more than 65 parents, civic leaders and school administrators have identified three options for community discussion. Now that the purchase of Gresham Elementary School is complete, we are ready to share these options with the entire community.
As was the case with the school restructuring process, the Board and I value community input as we work toward a decision. You can engage in this process through this online survey, the results of which will be sent directly to Cooperative Strategies. Additionally, we will host two community forums where you can share your input with the consultants. The community forums will take place:
● June 12th - Vestavia Hills Elementary East - 5 p.m.
● June 13th - Vestavia Hills Elementary East - 9 a.m.
The main point I would like to stress is this: Regardless of where boundary lines may ultimately be drawn, every elementary school child in Vestavia Hills will be attending an outstanding school in terms of leadership, faculty, instructional resources, academic achievement, and facilities.
Thank you in advance for your contribution to this process. As always, please feel free to contact me directly with any questions, concerns or ideas you may have.
Todd Freeman, Ed.D.
Vestavia Hills City Schools