Tuscaloosa City School Board to take another look at superintendent's plan Thursday

Tuscaloosa City School Board to take another look at superintendent's plan Thursday

TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) - The Tuscaloosa City Board of Education is set to take another look at a plan that would make significant changes to the system.

The board will look at the plan in a work session at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the TCS central office.

It failed to pass Superintendent Dr. Paul McKendrick's proposed plan last month, after more than 18 months of research and planning, done by a consulting firm.

The Integrated Curriculum Facilities Analysis Demographic Strategic Plan would affect the future of the Tuscaloosa City Schools through determining which schools would offer which programs, where new schools and facilities would be built, where students would attend school, compensation for teachers and more.

At the board's October vote, some board members and citizens expressed concerns that the proposal did not provide equal opportunities for all students, and also over zoning boundaries laid out by the plan.

Some critics have also expressed concerns that McKendrick's plan spends too much on construction, and not enough on teaching and learning. McKendrick recently countered that claim in a blog post. Read the entire post here.

Since the October vote, the Tuscaloosa City Council has publicly encouraged the school board to work toward a consensus on the plan, vote and begin putting the plan in action. A group of African-American leaders has also publicly expressed its concerns about McKendrick's proposal.

Currently, the school board is set to take another vote on a plan at its December 1 meeting at the Tuscaloosa Career and Technology Academy.

Click here to see the entire plan presented to the board on October 20 by Superintendent McKendrick.

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