Birmingham school board 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 Birmingham School Superintendent Gets Extension http://apr.org/post/birmingham-school-superintendent-gets-extension <P>Leaders have approved a contract extension for the superintendent of Birmingham's troubled school system.</P> <P>The city school board extended Craig Witherspoon's contract by two years during a meeting Tuesday.</P> <DIV> <P>Some members weren't happy, saying they felt pressured to vote because of state support for Witherspoon. The extension passed on a 5-4 vote.</P> <P>The state took over Birmingham's city school system in June, citing financial problems. Wed, 12 Dec 2012 13:53:54 +0000 The Associated Press 21852 at http://apr.org Birmingham School Superintendent Gets Extension Judge Orders Birmingham to Cooperate with the State http://apr.org/post/judge-orders-birmingham-cooperate-state <p>MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP)</p><p>A Jefferson County Circuit judge has ordered Birmingham school officials to not interfere with the state school board&#39;s efforts to take over the finances of the city&#39;s schools.</p><p>After a hearing on Friday, Circuit Judge Elisabeth French ordered school board members not to interfere with decisions of state Superintendent Tommy Bice to ensure city schools open for the fall in a timely manner. The judge also ordered board members to make sure Bice and his staff have access to school system records and computers.</p> Sat, 21 Jul 2012 12:06:07 +0000 Associated Press 14960 at http://apr.org Judge Orders Birmingham to Cooperate with the State Birmingham Schools to Consider Layoffs, Demotions http://apr.org/post/birmingham-schools-consider-layoffs-demotions <p><font face="Arial">Birmingham&#39;s school board is set to consider proposals by a state intervention team to lay off or demote about 200 people and delay the start of school by three days.</font></p><p><font face="Arial">The items are on the agenda for the board&#39;s Tuesday meeting.</font></p><p><font face="Arial">The layoffs have been considered in the past, but the board rejected them June 26, leading to the Alabama Department of Education taking over the city school district the following day.</font></p> Mon, 16 Jul 2012 22:04:10 +0000 Associated Press 14684 at http://apr.org Birmingham Schools to Consider Layoffs, Demotions