Hoover parents share ideas to reduce school system's budget shor

Hoover parents share ideas to reduce school system's budget shortfall

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Parents gather to brainstorm and share their ideas. Source: Erika Gonzalez/WBRC Parents gather to brainstorm and share their ideas. Source: Erika Gonzalez/WBRC
HOOVER, AL (WBRC) -

The Hoover School System Board of Education's decision to cut school buses is what united a group of Hoover neighbors and now they're on a mission to fix the root of the problem: the schools system's $17 million shortfall.

Trisha Crain was one of many fighting to keep Hoover city school buses alive.

"We were able to save the buses. The board rescinded their decision," she said.

But now the group is shifting gears and tackling the school district's $17-million dollar shortfall.

"We've grown used to a style of living here in Hoover and we've grown used to having the best of everything but when you're revenue won't support that, you have to look at expenditures," Crain said.

Wednesday night the group shared ideas about where the school system could save some serious money.

"Personnel is the biggest part of the school district's budget, and I don't think you can talk about cutting expenditures without cutting personnel," Crain said.

The group recommends taking a hard look at supplemental pay for teachers and administrators, which is the extra money paid for things like extra curriculars and certifications.

"I do think we pay a lot more than our local schools systems we want to attract the best people but you have to look at where you want the money," Crain said.

The group also suggest increasing revenues and one way to do that is charging student fees.

In the same vein, the school board voted to keep the schools buses in December with a fee-based system. Board members have still not commented on what those fees might amount to.

Hoover city councilors and school board members were invited to Wednesday's meeting. Only Councilor John Lyman attended.

The group of parents say they will attend Thursday's board of education meeting.

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