Ala. town announces plans for new school system


GARDENDALE, Ala. (AP) — City leaders in an Alabama town say they plan to try and break away from the Jefferson County school system and form their own system.

The mayor and city council members in Gardendale announced the plans Monday night.

WBRC-TV reports ( that the decision comes after a recent feasibility study indicating that the city has the resources to support its own school system.

Gardendale Mayor Othell Phillips says other schools that have broken off to form their own systems often see an increase in test scores. He says he doesn't see how anyone can be opposed to improving the quality of education as long as it's financially possible.

City leaders say that Gardendale residents will have the final say in a referendum that will be scheduled at a later time.


Information from: WBRC-TV,

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