Gardendale Abandons School Plan

Gardendale is ending efforts to break away from the Jefferson County school system, officials revealed Wednesday.   In a letter signed by Mayor Stan Hogeland and city school board president  Michael Hogue, Gardendale informed the county board that it will not appeal a federal appeals court ruling denying the city's efforts to set up an independent school system.   The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the plan was racially motivated, a charge strongly denied by Gardendale officials.   The letter also expressed a desire to work collaboratively with county school officials for the benefit of students, teachers, parents, and others with a vested interest in Gardendale schools.    


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