Birmingham BOE approves relocation plan for Bush K-8 students du

Birmingham BOE approves relocation plan for Bush K-8 students during renovation

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BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

Students at Birmingham's Bush K-8 will take classes in a new building next year while crews complete a $7 million renovation at the campus.

Birmingham's Board of Education voted on Tuesday to move the students to Center Street Middle School about five miles away from Bush K-8. Officials say it is currently closed but will be ready for students this fall.

The move comes as some residents continue to oppose the renovation. In 2012, the BOE approved plans for a newly-constructed school but other maintenance projects cut into the funding. The board eventually opted for the renovations.

Superintendent Dr. Craig Witherspoon says the relocation of students and staff is a major step.

"We've done this several times. We've relocated schools while we've built and renovated and we'll work with our transportation department and parents to make sure that if it's outside that two-mile radius from the original school, that transportation is provided," he said.

Witherspoon plans to meet with parents in early August about the relocation.

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