FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – Updated July 28, 2014
Will Hoover City Schools run school buses to and from schools for all students in the fall of 2014?
Yes. While the Board of Education (BOE) originally eliminated buses in July 2013, they rescinded that vote in December 2013, effectively reinstating buses for all students.
Did the BOE approve charging fees to students riding the bus to and from school?
The BOE, at the April 17, 2014, meeting approved a fee schedule “for planning purposes” to allow the superintendent to discuss the possibilities with the Department of Justice (DOJ). That fee schedule is as follows:
When will the district start charging bus fees?
On May 6, the Superintendent said that bus fees would not be implemented before the 2015-2016 school year.
Has the school system made any other cuts to their budget?
No meaningful cuts have been recommended by the Superintendent. The next budget will be approved in September 2014.
Are there any other areas where the school system can make cuts?
Yes, there is always room for cuts for any program or personnel funded with local money.
In November and December 2013, a group of 20 Hoover residents met to examine available financial information about Hoover City Schools. The group published their initial findings here.
The group presented ideas at the July 2014 BOE work session. The group didn’t make suggestions of areas for actual cuts, but asked for school officials to review the areas in which spending is discretionary and based on board approval.
Didn’t the Superintendent say a new strategic plan was being developed that would include community input?
The Superintendent announced a new community planning process at the February BOE meeting. Nothing else has been mentioned about the process since that time.
Will the planning process include rezoning?
Most likely, it will. In April, then-BOE President Paulette Pearson stated that rezoning is inevitable.
Can we fire the Board and the Superintendent?
No. The Board is appointed by the City Council for rotating 5-year terms. The Superintendent is appointed by the Board and has an annually approved 3-year contract. This means his contract is approved every single year and if he is released, he is paid in full for the remaining years on his contract. Only the Board can let him go.
The Superintendent received an “outstanding” evaluation from the BOE in July 2014.
What can I do to help make certain the best decisions are made for our children?
There are a lot of things you can do. You do not have to speak at meetings or canvas homes or apartment buildings. If you can, great, but if not, please try to do at least one of the following:
- Talk to your friends about this! A lot of people have tuned out for the summer. And it was during the summer last year when the decision to eliminate buses was made.
- Tell your friends that the larger school community deserves a voice in this process.
- Attend Board of Education Meetings. All meetings, unless otherwise noted, are at the Board’s Central Office at 2810 Metropolitan Way at 5:30 p.m. The dates continue to change, so it would be best to sign up to receive notice of when the BOE meets. Send an email to jgaston(at)hoover.k12.al.us and ask to be placed on the meeting notification list.
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