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School board places zoning lines on table

By Gary Lloyd

TRUSSVILLE — The Trussville City Board of Education on Monday placed proposed elementary school zones on the table for consideration.

The approval of the zoning lines will be pending federal court approval and community input.

The proposal on the table includes three zones for elementary school students. Based on this year’s enrollment, there would be 427 students attending the New Deal-era school building in the Cahaba Project, 374 at the school in the Magnolia Place area and 1,025 students at the Paine Elementary Campus.

Trussville City Schools Transportation Coordinator Jerry Cataldo tells Trussville City Board of Education members about bus routes in each zone Monday.
photo by Gary Lloyd

Trussville City Schools Superintendent Pattie Neill said information about which schools houses are zoned for will soon be available at www.trussvillecityschools.com. Parents can call the Central Office at 205-228-3000 to find out where they’re likely to be zoned.

Zones for every address in Trussville can be found here.

“This is important, very important, for them to know where they’re zoned,” Neill said.

The zoning lines are not “hard zone lines,” Neill said, since intra-district student transfer and cross boundary transfer are also on the table. The policy would allow students currently living in the city of Trussville and zoned for an elementary school in their zone of Trussville to request a cross boundary transfer to attend outside their attendance zone.

Trussville residents Feb. 25 voted to approve the seven-millage property tax increase to fund the two new elementary schools. The vote passed by a result of 2,813 voting for the increase to 1,935 voting against it. Seven additional mills in property taxes will cost Trussville residents $70 per year on homes appraised at $100,000, $140 per year on homes appraised at $200,000 and $210 per year on homes appraised at $300,000.

The board of education next meets Monday, June 16 at 6 p.m. at the Central Office. A public work session in which zoning is likely to be discussed is at 4:30 p.m.

Contact Gary Lloyd at news@trussvilletribune.com and follow him on Twitter @GaryALloyd.

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