Alabaster holding three meetings to discuss city school study

Published 4:07 pm Wednesday, August 31, 2011

By NEAL WAGNER / City Editor

The Alabaster City Council will hold three special work sessions in September to discuss the findings of its city school district feasibility study.

The first meeting will begin at 6 p.m. Sept. 7 at the Alabaster City Hall Annex off First Street Southwest behind City Hall. The second meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Sept. 14 at the annex and the third will begin at 6 p.m. Sept. 26.

Dr. Ira Harvey, who conducted the city school feasibility study at the request of the City Council, will present his findings to the council in all three meetings. After Harvey’s presentation, the council will discuss the findings before opening up the meeting to public comment, said Ward 6 Councilman Scott Brakefield.

Brakefield said all three meetings will follow the same format to allow residents in attendance to become more informed on the matter.

The council ordered the study a few months ago after some council members expressed a desire to break away from the Shelby County School District and form a separate Alabaster school district.

“Dr. Harvey is going to present us with 10 bound copies of the study results. Seven of those will go to each member of the council, but we will distribute the other ones to the library and at City Hall,” Brakefield said, noting the city will also post the results on its website at

The Sept. 7 meeting will serve as a “learning experience” for everyone in attendance, as it will be the first time the council will speak with Harvey about the study results.

“That will be the first time we have the results presented to us,” Brakefield said. “The biggest thing is that it will finally be here in black and white for everyone to see.”