PELHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – Discussions concerning the City of Pelham forming its own school district continued Monday night during a town hall meeting at the Pelham Civic Complex.
The separation would pull Pelham schools from the Shelby County Board of Education and bring control of the city’s educational system and facilities under a municipal board.
Hundreds of residents turned out to voice their concerns.
Those for the creation of a separate school system say there is much to gain in regards to better facilities for their children and a much need economic boost, adding that it would bring families back to the city and in turn more businesses.
While some residents in subdivisions with children in Chelsea schools and homes considered to be in the City of Pelham have created a petition to de-annex from the city in order to keep their children in Chelsea schools.
Pelham Mayor Gary Waters addressed the crowed banquet hall Monday night. Waters says while he is in favor of a separate school system for the city, he doesn’t feel that now is the right time, due to the city’s current amount of debt.
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