On Monday night, the mayor and city council of Gardendale announced plans to break away from the Jefferson County School System. The decision comes after a recent feasibility study said the city has the resources to support its own school system.
Mayor Othell Phillips says other schools that have broken off to form their own systems often see an increase in test scores. He says he does not see how anyone can be opposed to improving the quality of education as long as it is financially possible.
City leaders say the people of Gardendale will have the final say in a referendum that will be scheduled at a later time.
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