Birmingham school closings http://apr.org en Birmingham Board Approves Plan to Close Schools http://apr.org/post/birmingham-board-approves-plan-close-schools <P>The Birmingham school board has approved a cost savings plan that calls for closing seven schools and laying off 90 employees.</P> <DIV> <P>WBRC-TV reports (http://bit.ly/10DrSJj) that 19 employees in the central office and 71 workers across the system will be laid off.</P> <P>The schools that will be closed are Center Street Middle School; Councill K-5; Daniel Payne Middle School; Hemphill Pre-K-5; Lewis Elementary School; Norwood K-5; and North Roebuck Elementary School.</P> <P>The Birmingham Board of Education proposed that Lewis and Norwood students would consolidate and be housed a Wed, 13 Mar 2013 13:15:51 +0000 The Associated Press 26613 at http://apr.org Birmingham Board Approves Plan to Close Schools Concerns Raised About Birmingham School Closings http://apr.org/post/concerns-raised-about-birmingham-school-closings <P>Parents and teachers are expressing concerns about plans to close seven schools and lay off 133 workers in Birmingham City Schools.</P> <DIV> <P>At a Monday night meeting, community members said they feared the consequences of one aspect of the plan: Consolidating some seventh- and eighth-grade students with high school students.</P> <P>Stephannie Huey says she's taught at the middle school and high school level, and doesn't think the two groups will mix well. Tue, 05 Mar 2013 12:38:47 +0000 The Associated Press 26103 at http://apr.org Concerns Raised About Birmingham School Closings