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Birmingham gets a second chance to meet new Schools chief “Dr. G” Tuesday evening

DrGHeadshotIf you’re a Birmingham resident who missed out on the chance to meet new City Schools superintendent Dr. Kelley Castlin-Gacutan back in May, don’t worry. There’s another opportunity to meet “Dr. G.” beginning at 5:30 p.m. today (Tuesday, June 16) at the Birmingham Museum of Art. The two-hour meet and greet will also be a chance for those in attendance to hear prepared remarks from the new schools leader. Her selection was announced two days before the last public event, and the terms of her contract were recently approved (5-4) during a called meeting of the system’s board.

It will also be the first opportunity for Dr. G. to offer her thoughts on the school system’s official release from nearly three years of state oversight.

The Hueytown native has more than 24 years of professional experience, including recently serving as the deputy superintendent of school operations and interim superintendent of Macon, Georgia’s Bibb County School District. Castlin-Gacutan is scheduled to begin work here in Birmingham on July 1. She sat down for several interviews shortly after the announcement of her appointment, including this one with WBHM’s Sherrel Stewart and this one with AMG’s Madison Underwood.

Photo: via Birmingham City Schools website.

A Community Agreement is ready for Birmingham

We the People, in order to form a more perfect school system…” Those are the words that introduce readers to the Community Agreement developed through the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham‘s  Yes We Can! Birmingham campaign as the result of months of Community Conversations allowing input from residents across the city’s 99 neighborhoods about what they wanted to see for our school system’s children. Approximately 1,800 people participated in the conversations, focused on the following two questions: What kind of community do you envision for the future? and What kind of schools do we need to get us there? 

The agreement was unveiled at a gathering held at Vulcan Park this past Saturday morning. It is available as a PDF for you to review and download.