Sept. 14, 2017 – The Jefferson County Board of Education in a meeting Thursday approved a capital projects plan that includes six new elementary schools in the first phase.
The city of Hueytown would get replacements for North Highlands and Hueytown elementary schools. Students in grades K-2 would attend the new North Highlands and those in grades 3-5 would go to Hueytown.
Greenwood and Warrior elementary schools also would be replaced with new schools, an additional school would be built in the Grayson Valley area, and a new school would combine students from Hillview and Crumly Chapel schools.
The plan also calls for either a new high or middle school to replace the aging Fultondale High, but specifics of that plan were not detailed. The plan could be affected by the outcome of adjacent Gardendale’s efforts to separate and form its own school system. That separation effort, which is opposed by JefCoEd and the NAACP, is tied up in federal court.
The new school projects will be made possible by the renewal of property taxes that recently were approved by voters.
In addition, JefCoEd will get more than $24 million from the Jefferson County Commission’s refinancing of existing bonds. The system also will receive an extra $6.2 million per year for the next 30 years from those bonds.