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Story by David Owen with Chambers County Board Of Education

LaFayette, Ala.– On Wednesday, Chambers County Board of Education voted to move forward with a comprehensive facilities restructuring plan. The plan will result in the consolidation, closing, and repurposing of some district facilities. The implementation of the plan will be handled in multiple phases; however, the plan is contingent upon approval from federal courts.

The plan was created with input from a local task force of community stakeholders. The task force was challenged to best determine a path forward that optimized educational outcomes for all students. Over the last three months, the school system held a series of meetings, community town halls, and launched a community survey to collect the public’s input on a variety of options, ultimately deciding on a plan that best represented the entire district. The results of the input informed the board that in order to maximize savings for the district, some schools should merge and others should be repurposed to better serve the community in the 21st Century.

The plan details that some elementary schools should merge in the future; however, effective SY 22/23 J.P. Powell and Five Points will merge to become the Eastside Campus. Proposed future plans include: