Staying Up to Date

A lot is happening in Hoover City Schools.

The best way to stay informed is to follow the Hoover Sun’s coverage online.

Second best way, join the Hoover United Facebook group.

Hoover City Schools’ official Rezoning page is linked here.

This web site will likely not be updated with any regularity at this time. Make sure you plug in through one of the three ways recommended above.

 

 

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The February Conference with the Judge: What Was Said

Last February 20, a conference was held in U.S. District Judge Madeline Haikala’s courtroom. Haikala (pronounced High‘-ku-luh) led lawyers from the Jefferson County School District, the Hoover City School District, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund through a discussion of the Joint Report to the Court filed on February 6.

This is the transcript of that conference.

It clearly lays out concerns of all of the parties.

It is partly old news, but it has implications as Hoover’s communities consider where their children will attend school for the 2016-2017 school year.

 

Some Answers about Transfers

The closed Facebook group “Hoover United” was created in September 2014 as a place for concerned citizens to swap ideas. Before Hoover United was created, multiple closed Facebook groups existed as a way to share information about the rezoning ideas that were being floated by former Superintendent Andy Craig.

Folks are asking questions on Hoover United, and we will attempt to provide relevant information if not provided somewhere else.

One recurring question is how many students transfer into Hoover’s schools, either because their parent works for Hoover City Schools or for some other reason.

Hoover’s board attorney filed the latest round of required federal desegregation reports on October 21, 2015, showing relevant numbers for the 2015-2016 school year. (Scroll down to link to all reports.)

You may recall that Hoover had taken a position they were not required to file the reports, but were forced to change that position after federal Judge Madeline Haikala required them to do so. Haikala asked Hoover to file five years of reports. They complied with her order in early 2015.

The 1971 desegregation order (which Hoover inherited when it broke away from Jefferson County schools in 1988) required reports to be filed on a yearly basis, in October of each year.

One of those reports has to do with student transfers. There are two types of transfers: out of district (students who are not zoned for Hoover’s schools but are allowed to attend), and intradistrict (students who are zoned to Hoover’s schools but attend a school other than the one to which they are zoned).

Here’s what the 2015-2016 court reports (Document 1034-2) reveal about those two types of students transfers.

There are questions that can be asked about these transfers. The purpose in sharing this information is to provide facts as a base for those questions. Click on an image to enlarge it.

Please remember that each of these numbers represents an actual child, and it is important to honor and respect all parents’ wishes for their children.

2015-2016 Out of District by Grade

2015-2016 Intradistrict by Grade

Here are the 2015-2016 court reports filed by Hoover City Schools on October 21, 2015.

Document 1034 – Main

Document 1034-1 – Student Ethnic Composition and Attendance by School

Document 1034 – 2 – Student Transfers

Document 1034 – 3 – Employee Composition

Rezoning Talks Begin Again

Mark your calendars….it’s time to go back to the drawing board. And time to meet with Hoover’s superintendent.

Here’s ABC33/40’s news report and talk with superintendent Dr. Kathy Murphy.

Meetings start Tuesday, October 6. at 6:30 p.m.

Dr. Murphy told ABC33/40 that parents and community members can attend any meeting that fits their schedule regardless of in which community the meeting is being held.

Meetings are listed on the right side of this page.

For a historical look at rezoning in Hoover, check out our Zoning History page.

The Court Approval Process from 2011

The documents that Superintendent Andy Craig and the Board of Education filed with the U.S. District Court when asking for approval of the 2011 realignment of grade configurations among Trace Crossings, Deer Valley, South Shades Crest, Bumpus Middle and Hoover High are posted below.

The proposal also contained the plan to build 24-36 new classrooms at Hoover High to reunite the 9th grade with the 10th through 12th grade at the main campus.

The Freshman Campus was dissolved and recreated as Bumpus Middle School.

Bumpus Middle School became a school containing only grades 7 and 8.

The former Bumpus Middle School campus was recreated as Brock’s Gap Intermediate, which would serve students in grades 5 and 6.

The fifth grade was removed from Trace Crossings, Deer Valley, and South Shades Crest and placed at Brock’s Gap.

Here are the actual documents filed with the U.S. District Court.

Court Pleading from Hoover Board of Education

Attachments with Numbers Supporting the Requested Changes

The proposal was unopposed from either the Department of Justice or the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, both parties to the original court case, Stout v. Jefferson County Board of Education.

Donald Sweeney, attorney for the Hoover Board of Education, filed the request with the U.S. District Court on April 13, 2011.

Approval was granted by the U.S. District Court Judge Inge Johnson on April 14, 2011.

Judge Johnson retired in 2013. Johnson was replaced by Judge Madeline Haikala, who is now assigned to the case.

Two more documents you might find interesting:

1971 Order in the Stout v. Jefferson County Board of Education case, outlining requirements under the order

1988 Separation Agreement between Jefferson County and Hoover City Boards of Education