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State BOE: Birmingham school consolidation plans will move forward

Norwood Elementary School is one of the schools the Birmingham School Board is planning to close and consolidate with Lewis Elementary. Source: Alan Collins Norwood Elementary School is one of the schools the Birmingham School Board is planning to close and consolidate with Lewis Elementary. Source: Alan Collins
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

Today the Birmingham School Board is looking to find more ways to save money.

Despite opposition from the Birmingham BOE, the system school closing and consolidation plan. State BOE member Dr. Ed Richardson saysthe plan is a done deal and they must move forward to let teachers, students and parents prepare for the upcoming school year.

The board discussed closing two schools, Norwood Elementary consolidating with Lewis Elementary, and closing Jackson Elementary, consolidating with Hemphill Elementary.

Ed Richardson, who heads the state takeover team, says the moves will save the financially troubled school system money. Some of those who live in the Norwood community oppose the plan because of the impact of the community and the distance to Lewis Elementary

"Well it's sad to see it go. It's helps the community to be what it is. Without the school where are the students going to be? They won't be around here without a school," Stewart Crew, whose grandchildren attended Norwood said.

"It's not right for them to close that school down. Cause we have children in back who can't get a bus or cars to those schools," Emma Williams, whose family attended Norwood Elementary, said.

The school board is also looking to save money by setting up new salary schedules, a resolution to maintain one month funding reserve and to reduce contract days.

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