So What’s Been Happening in Hoover City Schools Lately?

A lot.

Since September’s board meeting where Superintendent Andy Craig’s rezoning plan was presented to the public……

Hoover’s student enrollment for 2014-2015 is 13,904, showing growth of only 22 students since the 2013-2014 school year. [Looks like Craig got his wish to flatten enrollment.]

Superintendent Andy Craig accepted a job at the Alabama State Department of Education in early November without bothering to tell the Board of Education.

News broke that same day that former Trace Crossings Principal Robin Litaker filed a federal lawsuit alleging sex discrimination against the Board of Education and that Craig and current Trace Crossings principal/former assistant superintendent Carol Barber libeled her in their communications about her move out of Trace Crossings in November 2012.

Attorney Donald Sweeney submitted the always-required-but-never-before-filed annual integration status report for 2014 on November 10. Here’s the report.

On November 12, U.S. District Judge Madeline Haikala ordered the Hoover Board of Education to file reports for 2009 through 2013 by January 30, 2015.

The Hoover City Council voted 6-1 to approve the city budget for FY15 with the same $2 million contribution to the school system, in spite of the Ross Bridge School Association having lobbied and petitioned for more funding from the City Council.

Craig told the Hoover Chamber of Commerce at their annual luncheon on November 20 that the school system was not in any financial difficulty, an irony not lost on columnist John Archibald.

The Board of Education accepted Craig’s resignation at the December 8 board meeting.

The Board stated it intends to appoint an interim superintendent at the December 19 called meeting.

The Board hopes to appoint a full-time superintendent before the end of the 2014-2015 school year.

At the same meeting, Sweeney stated that Judge Haikala has initiated discussions into whether Hoover City Schools are at a point where they can begin the process of ending oversight by the federal court related to the 1971 order to desegregate Jefferson County schools.

A status conference where a joint statement of the attorneys from Hoover and Jefferson County schools along with the attorneys from the U.S. Department of Justice and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund will be reviewed by Haikala will be held on February 20, 2015.

Still no word from the State Superintendent about the results of his investigation into why black students and poor students test scores dropped so low in the spring of 2012.

The rezoning proposal is still on the table.

Bus fees are still on the table.

Rezoning, bus fees, finding a new superintendent…..

Looks like 2015 is going to be a busy year for school officials.

Looks like our Hoover school community needs to stay on top of the situation.