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Witherspoon to share state of city schools, tax increase proposal

Craig Witherspoon speaking at TechFridayBirmingham City Schools superintendent Craig Witherspoon‘s been answering a lot of questions about the current state of the school system in recent weeks.

This photo was taken on Friday morning, May 11, during his remarks at the monthly TechFriday event at Innovation Depot downtown. Earlier in the week he’d appeared with Mayor William Bell at the first of three community meetings where he’s updating parents and concerned citizens about the state of the school system and plans for its future. It’s also been an opportunity for him to explain his proposal for raising property taxes in the city by 3 mills (generating approximately $9 million/year).

Witherspoon will be holding two more of those informational meetings this week. Monday evening, May 14, will take place at the Davis Center, 417 29th St. S. (between Pepper Place and the Lakeview commercial district). Tuesday evening, May 15, will take place at the Don Hawkins Recreation Center, 8920 Roebuck Blvd. with Mayor Bell once again participating and talking about his bond proposal. Both meetings start at 6 p.m.

Birmingham City Schools get Inauguration Day off

We’ve just learned that the Christmas break calendar has been changed for Birmingham city students. We’ve also learned that students will have Tuesday, January 20, 2009, off for Inauguration Day in addition to the Monday, Jan. 19, 2009, for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Schools and offices will be closed for the 19th. Employees will be in on January 20, 2009, is now an in-house professional development day. 

Students will be out of school from December 19 through January 2, 2009 for the Christmas holiday break; they’ll be back in session on Monday, January 5, 2009.