City of Alabaster establishes its own school system

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ALABASTER, Ala. (WIAT) – July 1st will be a historic day for the City of Alabaster. The city’s new school system will finally be independent of Shelby County.
But it will be years before the system is only comprised of students living within city limits.
The addition of the new school district left many parents who live outside the Alabaster city limits concerned.
They want to ensure their children can graduate with the classmates with whom they have grown up.
The school system announced in February that they will allow anyone who was attending an Alabaster school last year to do so again this fall.
But next years that will change.
Starting with the 2014-2015 academic year student in kindergarten through sixth grade will be transferred to their nearest county school.
Then each following year one additional grade will be transferred out of the city.the change over will be complete by 2020.
At that point only students zoned within city limits will be allowed to attend an Alabaster City School.
Other cities within shelby county will keep a close eye on the successes and failures in Alabaster this year.
The City of Pelham has already conducted an independent study.
That study will determine if Pelham has a strong enough tax base to form an independent school system of its own.

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