FULTONDALE—The Fultondale City Council heard from Jefferson County Superintendent Walter Gonsoulin at its Monday council meeting.
Gonsoulin updated the council on the construction of a new Fultondale High School, expected to start later this year. The current Fultondale High School building will be renovated to hold the county’s International Baccalaureate program.
Gonsoulin said the new Fultondale High School would also serve as the county’s medical training school, preparing students who are interested in careers in medical fields with a chance to jumpstart their careers with the assistance of two-year colleges in the area.
Mayor Jim Lowery asked Gonsoulin if the new school would give students from nearby North Smithfield the opportunity to choose Fultondale for high school. Currently the students from North Smithfield attend Fultondale Elementary and then Gardendale High School. Lowery said the students grow up in Fultondale’s parks and elementary schools and the city would like for them to have the opportunity to stay with their classmates at the high school level.
Gonsoulin said that has been proposed to the federal courts that oversee the county’s desegregation efforts, but would have to be approved before the board could offer it to students and families.
The City of Fultondale has already been in discussions with Jefferson County to consider placing a red light at the entrance to the school to protect the students as they come and go from the location.
The council also got the first look at the city’s new brush truck, which the city said was necessary to serve the city’s growing population.
In other business, the council also:
•authorized Lowery to execute an agreement with Alabama Power for an easement for a proposed new power line to the new storm shelter at 601 Main Street.
•authorized Lowery to execute an agreement to sell the extension of cell phone tower property.
•heard an update on the lighting upgrade for Highway 31, which will allow the city and Alabama Power to change out the streetlights to LED for increased visibility and safety for travelers.