Pelham sets public hearing for school study resultsPublished 4:50pm Friday, May 17, 2013
By NEAL WAGNER / City Editor
The Pelham City Council will hold a public hearing during its June 3 meeting to review the findings of a school system feasibility study, the city announced on May 17.
The public hearing and council meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the Pelham Municipal Courtroom in the city’s police and court building at 32 Philip Davis St.
In late March, the council agreed to pay the Decision Resources firm $30,000 to conduct the Pelham city school feasibility study.
According to the resolution passed by the council, the study will “assess the financial resources that would be available to fund a separate school system for the city of Pelham.”
The study will outline funding options for a separate Pelham city school system, and will explain the costs associated with maintaining “the current status of educational operations in the school sites comprising the proposed Pelham city school system” and the costs associated with forming a new school system and implementing new educational programs.
The study will also compare Pelham’s tax base with those of current Alabama school systems similar to Pelham.
Council member Maurice Mercer previously said the council will provide “several opportunities” for public comment on the matter once the study results are unveiled.