Hoover City Schools receive approval for rezoning plan - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

Hoover City Schools receive approval for rezoning plan

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The Hoover City school district has received final approval from a federal judge for its rezoning plan. It now will be implemented in the 2018-2019 school year.

Approximately 2,000 students will change schools and approximately 120 teachers and staff will be transferred as a result.

U.S. District Judge Madeline Haikala had previously granted preliminary approval in May 2016, but she also requested more information at that time.

“If you want to move the cameras I'll do cartwheels,” said Superintendent Dr. Kathy Murphy during a news conference Thursday. “I am exceptionally delighted today that this has been addressed by our federal judge, the time and thoughtfulness that’s she given to our plan.”

There were some changes that involve new neighborhoods and neighborhoods under construction. However, the bulk of the plan is still what was originally submitted.

There are also some stipulations that the judge laid out, like a hiring a discipline consultant and the order to create a districtwide discipline code.

The judge also wants the system to provide bus transportation to minority and low-income students who, as a result of the rezoning, will live within a two-mile radius of their new school. Normally, if you live that close you can’t ride the bus.

Hoover has been under a federal desegregation order that dates back to when it was part of the Jefferson County school system. That's why things like rezoning have to be approved by the court.

View the court documents below:

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