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Birmingham Supt. answers questions about closings and consolidations

Parents attend a community meeting at Jones Valley K-8. Source: WBRC video Parents attend a community meeting at Jones Valley K-8. Source: WBRC video
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

Tuesday evening, Birmingham parents met to learn more about the upcoming school closings and consolidations for next year.

Under the current plan, Jones Valley K-8 will become a middle school. The kindergarten and first through fifth graders will move to the new Oxmoor Elementary School.

This plan would alleviate overcrowding at Jones Valley K-8. Some classes are currently being held in portables there.

However, many parents say relocating will be an inconvenience for kids to move from Jones Valley, where they are already settled. Some parents said they would rather see the middle school grades move to the Oxmoor Elementary site.

Some parents are also worried about buses traveling Lakeshore Parkway to reach Oxmoor Elementary.

"You're going around a long narrow road, and then you're going across a four-lane highway to get to this school," Shirley Haslip said.

Superintendent Dr. Craig Witherspoon says that officials have driven the route and say that buses would move through several traffic lights. Witherspoon says that they will not, however, have to merge or cross through stop signs.

"With any school, we look at those traffic patterns. If we need to, consult with the city. We would have this conversation in this instance as well," Witherspoon said.

Parents also wanted to hear whether after school care will be available at Oxmoor Elementary. Witherspoon did not have an answer Tuesday and says he will look in to the issue.

Witherspoon says he will take all of the concerns shared with him to the board. The board will vote on the current consolidation and closings plan Wednesday.

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