Tuscaloosa City Schools meeting draws small crowd

Published: Jun. 23, 2016 at 1:05 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 23, 2016 at 7:16 PM CDT
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Central High School (Source: WBRC video)
Central High School (Source: WBRC video)

TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) - The Thursday noon meeting at Tuscaloosa Central High School lasted for an hour, but it barely drew a handful of parents and other citizens.

People packed the library for a come-and-go meeting that offered a chance for parents, teachers and community members to give input and ask questions about the system's five-year strategic plan.

Four schools are relocating this week to other areas to make room for renovations and construction projects.

WBRC only found one parent and a concerned pastor in the crowd.

"It's just sad that nobody really showed up," Andre Caves said.

Caves has two children in the Tuscaloosa City school system. She wanted more information about new programs coming to Central High School.

"Put your opinion in, if there's something that bothers you or you don't agree with, if you're not coming out and voicing your opinion, it's not going to be heard," she said.

Anderson Walker, pastor of New Harvest Church of God, wanted answers to some of his congregation's questions.

"My main question centered around the school of fine arts, saying how does it impact or would work along with math and science," Walker said.

Interim Superintendent Mike Daria wanted the meeting to focus on changes happening this year like renovating schools and improving curriculum.

"So a lot of the questions they have about the strategies that they see in the strategic plan and how it would impact their child," Daria said.

"The strategic plan now takes all of the pieces of the demographic study that was approved, and now puts it into a strategic plan," Daria said of how the strategic plan will work with the recent curriculum and facilities plan approved by the school board.

"So we really round out all the instructional pieces, we round out all the student support pieces, so that it becomes a true plan, a blueprint for our future," he said.

"This plan as we see it is a plan to truly transform schools in Tuscaloosa and the educational experience for our students in Tuscaloosa," Daria added.

Visit tcsplanforthefuture.com to learn more about the system's five-year strategic plan.

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