Have something to say about Birmingham City Schools? Here’s your opportunity:

Share your ideas with Birmingham City School Superintendent Dr. Lisa Herring tonight!

Lisa Herring, Birmingham, Alabama, City, School, Superintendent, education
Herring at her previous position with student Ramiyah Sims, via WDRB

Community Conversations

The school system invites the public to come out and meet Herring during her Listening And Learning Tour.  Tonight she’ll be at Huffman High School at 5:30 p.m.

Lisa Herring, Birmingham, Alabama, City, School, Superintendent, education

The tour kicked off at Lawson State Community College on November 18 and continues through Monday, December 4 at Jackson-Olin High School. Herring said she hopes to see a large section of the community at these events, according to a spokesperson with Birmingham City Schools.

The Full Schedule
  • Monday, November 20, 2017, 5:30 p.m., Huffman High School
  • Monday, November 27, 2017, 5:30 p.m., Washington K-8 School
  • Thursday, November 30, 2017, 5:30 p.m., Parker High School
  • Monday, December 4, 2017, 5:30 p.m., Jackson-Olin High School
Birmingham, Alabama, Lisa Herring, City, School, Superintendent
Birmingham City School Superintendent, Dr. Lisa Herring, via LinkedIn
She’s Still New To Birmingham

Herring was elected superintendent in May, after the Birmingham Board of Education voted 6-3.  The board offered Herring a $202,000 salary.

“To be selected as the next superintendent of Birmingham City Schools not only humbles me but it also excites me,” Herring said in a statement released by the school system after the election. “I’m humbled that the board has exhibited a level of confidence in my ability to help transition and to help transcend the school district.”

Birmingham City Schools, Alabama, school board

The Backstory

Herring is the 10th person in 18 years to lead the district. In September 2016, the Birmingham Board of Education fired the previous superintendent, Kelley Castlin-Gacutan. The board fired her without cause after a 6-3 vote on Sept. 22, 2016.

Birmingham, Alabama, city, schools, Kelley Castlin-Gacutan, superintendent, Board of Education
Kelley Castlin-Gacutan, via alttoday.com

She served 16 months on the job. The search for a new superintendent began in December 2016.

Dr. Herring comes to Birmingham after serving as chief academic officer for Jefferson County Public Schools in Louisville, Ky. since 2016. She is a native of Georgia.

We Want To Know

Do you have ideas to improve Birmingham City Schools? What do you think about the decision to give all the students free breakfast and lunch? More like that?

After the tour, Herring plans to compile the community’s ideas. Next, she will use them to form a strategic plan for the school system.

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