The City Council this week broke with tradition and replaced two Homewood school board members seeking a second term with new members in wards 1 and 3. Out after just one term is Chris Hawkins, replaced with Justin Russell. In ward 3, Nancy Ferren lost her reappointment bid to Erin Stephenson, the daughter of city attorney Mike Kendrick– a relationship that drew a couple of abstentions in Monday’s vote.
Monday’s action significantly changed the face of the five-member board, which is grappling with explosive growth of enrollment in five current school buildings while still logging top spots on national public school rankings. The system has been alloted $55 million of a $110 million city bond issue to spend on new or expanded facilities.
A demographer hired on behalf of the school system Monday will go to work immediately to help decide what direction those decisions should lead.
Click on the links below to read the resumes submitted by new board members.