72days since
1st Day of Practice

Contact Us / Map

Want to set your local edition?

Select an edition for focused news coverage when you visit AL.com.

Homewood Superintendent: .9 million Central Office will benefit employees and community (updated)

(Homewood City Schools)

-- Homewood City Schools' will be built with both school board employees and the community in mind, Superintendent Bill Cleveland said today.

When posed with questions about how the new space will better suit the community and why it is necessary, Cleveland said the following:

AL.com: Why is it necessary to build a new space?
Cleveland: The Central Office staff does not have adequate office space in our current location. There are 15 people that work in the Central Office which was designed as a house. We currently have employees sharing open offices which can be difficult when meeting with teachers, new employees, and holding interviews.
We also have limited space for professional development. We only have one area in our current office to hold professional development, and the space is not large enough to fit many people. Bringing faculty and staff together for professional development is important for collaboration in our schools. This also means that we only have one area to meet with community groups as well.
The new building will also provide us with the storage space we need for files and records that we are required by state law to keep for a certain period of time.

AL.com: What are some features the new space will provide to staff and the community?
Cleveland: The new Central Office will provide us with adequate meeting space for multiple professional development opportunities. It will also allow for adequate offices and interview space.
The new building will also be more visitor-friendly. Currently when you walk into the Central Office you walk into the bottom level which is confusing, because the main secretary and offices are upstairs. The new building will be a one level building which will make it more accessible for visitors.
We are also adding a sidewalk along Valley Ave. which will be beneficial to our student walkers and community members. There will also be additional green space along Valley Ave.

The approved ,989,717 budget for site work and construction of the new office will cover:

A Central Office for HCS, a one-story, approximately 15,000-square-foot building adjacent to the Community Garden

Greenway space filled with trees to act as a buffer along Valley Avenue.

Perimeter fencing that will run along Valley Avenue and back down the east side of the property line

A new sidewalk along Valley Avenue that will run the entire length of the property and continue to the middle school

As well as parking for Baseball Field and Tennis Courts, a Cross Country course, an access road and an Athletic and Maintenance storage building

Construction work at the site--planned on the site of the former 440-unit Magnolia Park apartment complex--

News of the development comes as a welcomed relief, not only to the HCS staff who share cramped office space near Shades Cahaba Elementary, but also to the city's residents, who have long seen the site as an eyesore in the community: The construction area has been vacant since May 2011 after the property went into foreclosure.

According to Cleveland, the topography of the property is "interesting." Lots of hills and rock in the space present their own set of challenges.

Still, developers remain optimistic about the project's anticipated completion date of July 30, 2014.

to read more about the planned construction phases.

Brasfield Gorrie workers will begin work on the property each weekday morning at 7 a.m. and finish at 5 p.m. Deliveries are scheduled to arrive between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. and after 3:30 p.m. As of this time, said Cleveland, there will be no work done on the property on Saturdays or Sundays.

For more on the new HCS Central Office, .

Updated at 11:23 a.m. to clarify project plans.

Related Articles:
coach totes on sale
coach store outlet
designer handbags wholesale
shop for bags
coach bracelet
sale coach
discounted designer handbags