BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Earlier this year Church of the Highlands announced its expansion to east Birmingham.
On Monday, Birmingham city school board members voted to enter leasing agreements at Parker High School and Woodlawn High School for Church of the Highlands.
The board also voted for the sale of Gibson Elementary School.
It’s important to note that over three years ago the Woodlawn campus entered into a lease agreement that was recently up for renegotiation. The Birmingham City Schools Board of Education extended their lease for another year, in conjunction with entering a new leasing agreement with West Campus at Parker High School.
Some board members felt that the process was rushed and could have been more transparent.
“This is our tax dollars, we are taking public property. We have an obligation for our public property to be used in a way for the public will support,” says board member Teresa Michal.
“All they have to do is buy and lease it to Dr. Tommy Bice who’s going to need a high school for his feeder pattern, because ‘New Schools for Alabama’ in the application say that they strongly suggest for their charter school people that they already have their feeder people lined up. You got to think ahead,” says Michal.
Michal and McAdory were the only two board members that voted against the agreements and sale.