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Birmingham BOE expected to approve Jones Valley consolidation

Jones Valley could go from a K-8 school to a 6-8 grade middle school if the Birmingham Board of Education approves a consolidation plan tonight. Source: WBRC video Jones Valley could go from a K-8 school to a 6-8 grade middle school if the Birmingham Board of Education approves a consolidation plan tonight. Source: WBRC video
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

The Birmingham Board of Education this afternoon is set to look at moving more than a hundred students from Jones Valley K-through-8 school over to the new Oxmoor Elementary. Not everyone is happy with the move.

Birmingham School Superintendent Craig Witherspoon says Jones Valley is facing overcrowded problems and by shifting grades K-5 to Oxmoor Elementary it would relieve some of the problems. Jones Valley would then become a 6-8 grade middle school.

But some parents are complaining about the move. They don't like the distance their children will have to travel.

"I understand budget cuts. I understand it takes money to do everything but to take these kids' school away? Why?" Brendolyn Brown said.

The consolidation is expected to be approved. Ed Richardson, who heads the state intervention team, supports the move and believes it's in the best interest of the school system.

Even if the school board rejects the change, Richardson could override their decision and approve it.

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