Category Archives: Birmingham School System

A shocking statistic–and what we’re doing about it

Charlotte Conaway
Charlotte Conaway

ComebackTown is published by David Sher to begin a discussion on a better Birmingham.

Today’s guest blogger is Charlotte Conaway.  If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please click here.

82% of Birmingham City School children cannot read at grade level. I know this is shocking, but we have found a way to help.

I have mixed emotions about publicizing our efforts.

I’m afraid it might appear I’m writing this article to feel important or to promote my company. Or that I am ‘putting down’ Birmingham City Schools. Continue reading A shocking statistic–and what we’re doing about it

Is Birmingham mayor crazy?

Mayor Randall Woodfin of Birmingham
Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin jumps from airplane

I’m impressed with Birmingham’s new Mayor–Randall Woodfin.

His first few months in office have been a whirlwind of positive energy.

He’s surrounded himself with good people, sought feedback from anyone who will talk to him, and slowly and methodically identified and prioritized Birmingham’s problems and opportunities. Continue reading Is Birmingham mayor crazy?

What I fear when Birmingham grows

Joe Adams
Joe Adams

ComebackTown is published by David Sher to begin a discussion on a better Birmingham.

Today’s guest blogger is Joe Adams.  If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please click here.

Growing up in rural Texas, I’ve always thought in terms of how many hours it would take to get to various locations, always cooped up in a car.

That’s one reason I’ve lived in cities most of my adult life—six years in Austin, two years in Dallas, five years in Nashville and my share of time in Houston. Continue reading What I fear when Birmingham grows

Birmingham: the next Homewood?

Homewood City Hall
Homewood City Hall

The City of Birmingham could be the next Homewood.

Homewood is one of the most livable and popular cities in Alabama.

Young folks are flocking into Homewood.

Young folks also are flocking into Birmingham.

But Birmingham has a problem…
Continue reading Birmingham: the next Homewood?

Mtn. Brook & Vestavia don’t have to give up their schools for a better Birmingham

Mountain Brook Board of Education
Mountain Brook Board of Education

Fewer people are employed in our Birmingham-Hoover Metro Area today than in 2007.

Meanwhile cities like Nashville, Charlotte, and Austin are growing jobs exponentially.

What is wrong with us?  Why can’t we compete? Continue reading Mtn. Brook & Vestavia don’t have to give up their schools for a better Birmingham

Birmingham parent: How to save our children and our schools

Tae Alexander
Tae Alexander

ComebackTown is published by David Sher to begin a discussion on a better Birmingham.

Today’s guest blogger is Tae Alexander.  If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please click here.

I’ve not been to space, nor have I solved the pressing issues of our today. It would be great to discover a simple cure for that which physically ails and handicap some of those dearest to us. I am simply a random 30 something, wife, mother, daughter, and friend.

I’m a product of school systems throughout western Birmingham, Al and surrounding areas. Continue reading Birmingham parent: How to save our children and our schools

What’s wrong with Birmingham School Board and City Council?

Members of the Birmingham City Schools Board of Education
Members of the Birmingham City Schools Board of Education

Oh no!  It’s happened again.

Birmingham City Schools lost another superintendent.

Kelley Castlin-Gacutan was fired after 16 months—the 8th superintendent in 17 years.

How can one school board after another continue to make such bad hiring and/or firing decisions?

Continue reading What’s wrong with Birmingham School Board and City Council?

There’s no stopping Birmingham

Maury Shevin
Maury Shevin

ComebackTown is published by David Sher to begin a discussion on a better Birmingham.

Today’s guest blogger is Maury Shevin.  If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please click here.

I recently attended a meeting of real estate professionals from the Birmingham area.

Dick Schmalz, President RGS Properties, spoke about his 20 Midtown development.  20 Midtown is the new Publix, Starbucks, retail and apartment buildings that are being developed between 3rd and 4th Avenues South on both sides of 20th Street.  These are not pie-in-the-sky projects.  They are real with building permits and bank financing. Dick said these three projects will cost more than $100 million.

Continue reading There’s no stopping Birmingham

General Krulak for Superintendent of Birmingham Schools

General Charles Krulak
General Charles Krulak, President Birmingham Southern College

Last week’s ComebackTown blog was titled, “Our next Superintendent’s not going to save Birmingham Schools.”

The point of the piece was that there’s no person dead or alive who can save our school system—not Moses, not President Abraham Lincoln–not even Coach Nick Saban.

The piece received many comments—both online and in person—but a response I never expected was that we needed a ‘Krulak-like’ solution. Continue reading General Krulak for Superintendent of Birmingham Schools

Our next Superintendent’s not going to save Birmingham Schools

Craig Witherspoon
Craig Witherspoon, outgoing Superintendent Birmingham City Schools

Every editorial I read about hiring a new superintendent for Birmingham City Schools says it’s critical we recruit the right candidate.  The future of Birmingham Schools and possibly the City of Birmingham may be at stake.

Unfortunately, our next superintendent has virtually no chance of being successful.

Every time we employ a new superintendent we think he/she’s the one. Continue reading Our next Superintendent’s not going to save Birmingham Schools