Birmingham BOE could see big changes after 3 incumbents voted ou

Birmingham BOE could see big changes after 3 incumbents voted out

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With three incumbents voted out, the Birmingham BOE will look very different in October. Source: WBRC video With three incumbents voted out, the Birmingham BOE will look very different in October. Source: WBRC video
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

In less than two months there will be three new Birmingham City School Board members.

Incumbents Virginia Volker (D-2), Emanuel Ford (D-9) and Tyrone Belcher (D-9) have lost their seats.

However, incumbent April Williams says she's ready to work with the new members and those who remain.

"This term has been filled with turmoil before, even before the current board took office. We went to court, we've been to court two to three times," said Williams.

This past term has been a stormy one for the board. Disagreements between a majority and Superintendent Dr. Craig Witherspoon, the resignation of one member, and a state takeover has caused visible tension.

Now, with three members who opposed Witherspoon on the way out, Williams says this will be a new start.

"I think the landscape of Birmingham City Schools changed," said Williams.

Even with the change, Rep. Mary Moore doesn't see the board gaining back control from the state.

"My assessment is that Ed Richardson won't leave because those persons that was elected yesterday all have said vocally that they believe Richardson should be here," Moore said.

Over time, she says they too will become frustrated with Richardson's stay.

"I will promise you after a couple of years they're going to be frustrated with just voting yes and no and Ed Richardson carrying it over," Moore said.

The new members are expected to take their seats in mid-October.

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