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As Hoover schools reach capacity, city and school leaders work together to plan for growth

 Deer Valley Elementary School
Deer Valley Elementary School

From ABC 33/40

25-May-2017 (HCS) - Alabama's sixth largest city is making plans to accommodate a growing school system.  New census data shows the population in Hoover continues to grow, with about 85,000 residents in 2016.

Now, plans to build more houses means more people and students for the schools that are already reaching capacity. Deer Valley Elementary School is expected to be more than 99 percent full next year. Superintendent Dr. Kathy Murphy says portable classrooms will be brought in to be used for the arts.

“That is the evidence of the fact that we have a growing population of students and some of our schools have met capacity,” said Murphy.

Murphy says the proposed rezoning plan is developed, in part, to address overcrowding. It awaits a federal judge's approval.  Meanwhile, growth continues. There are plans to build at least 1,600 houses in the west part of town, near the Hoover Met.

“We understand they're coming and we're planning for them,” said Mayor Frank Brocato. “It's not something we're overwhelmed or it's unexpected.”

Brocato is already planning accordingly for public safety and infrastructure. He says when the city is planning new projects, Dr. Murphy is in the loop.

“If it involves homes, my first call is always to her,” Brocato told ABC 33/40.

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