Mark Your Calendars!

Four meetings to put on your calendar for next week:

Sunday, January 5, 2014 – 3:00 p.m. – Hoover Public Library – Patron Room (Ground Floor) – click for directions
Update from the Budget Group that met and dissected the numbers to find which pots of money on which to focus to reduce or eliminate the $12 million operating deficit. More info here on the group’s work. This meeting is in preparation for the January 8 public presentation.

Monday, January 6, 2014 – 6:00 p.m. – Hoover City Council Regular Meeting – Hoover Municipal Center – click for directions
The Hoover City Council will hold its Regular Meeting. While the Council has been clear that it is unwilling to hold its appointed Board of Education accountable for the decisions they have made, our elected City Council is the only elected body that Hoover residents can hold accountable for the board’s decisions. Yes, the National Championship game is on. The meeting will likely be short. Our elected officials need to know we still intend to hold them responsible for the decisions of their appointed board.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014 – 6:00 p.m. – Hoover Public Library – Meeting Rooms A & B (Downstairs) – click for directions
The Budget Group will present the results of their work, outlining for the public the areas of focus for cost considerations. This is a public meeting and questions will be taken from the public during the meeting. The Board of Education and City Council will be invited to attend as well.

Thursday, January 9, 2014 – 5:30 p.m. – Hoover Board of Education Regular Meeting – Farr Administration Building – click for directions
This meeting was originally scheduled for Monday, January 6, but notice now states the meeting will be held on Thursday, January 9. At the December 9 Board meeting, plans were announced to charge students a fee for riding the bus to and from school. No word yet on how much that fee could be.

Can we trust them to make the right decisions now?

Hoover school supporters and families have a long history of getting immediate satisfaction (which in this case is getting our buses back) and then going back to their regular lives. This is what our public officials are hoping will happen this time. We can’t let it happen this time. Too many big decisions have yet to be made.

Superintendent Andy Craig, CFSO Cathy Antee, and Spain Park Principal Dr. Ken Jarnagin have all stated that Hoover City Schools is in dire financial straits, which was their stated reason for eliminating bus service for students.

Nothing has changed since those statements were made except that the Department of Justice made it clear that school buses would not stop running in Hoover. The same board of education, the same central office decision-makers…all of the same people are still in charge of making the decisions. Do you trust them to make the right decision now?

Join us on the 5th and 8th if you want to be a part of the solution. While the board and superintendent have engaged in top-down decision-making, without asking for any input from families and community members in Hoover, we will present facts and listen to your input.

Join us on the 6th and the 9th as we continue to ask our public school officials for answers. And bring a few questions of your own.