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Birmingham Board Approves Plan to Close Schools

Mark Almond/malmond@al.com

The Birmingham school board has approved a cost savings plan that calls for closing seven schools and laying off 90 employees.

WBRC-TV reports (http://bit.ly/10DrSJj) that 19 employees in the central office and 71 workers across the system will be laid off.

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.

The Birmingham Board of Education proposed that Lewis and Norwood students would consolidate and be housed at the old Kirby Elementary School, which is now vacant, as long as officials deem it habitable.

After considering community concerns in a series of meetings, the school board has abandoned the plans to consolidate Carver or Woodlawn high schools.

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Information from: WBRC-TV, http://www.myfoxal.com/

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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