Chelsea takes action to create independent school system


CHELSEA, Alabama (WIAT) – The City of Chelsea is considering seceding from the Shelby County School District and creating its own independent school district.

On Tuesday evening, city council voted to move the first step of this process forward. The board voted 5-1 to approve the hiring of Criterion K12 Consulting to conduct a feasibility study.

“The role of their company is to do feasibility studies to see if a county or a municipality like the city of Chelsea has the means at its disposal to form its own school system and break with the county system in which it is involved. Chelsea Mayor Tony Picklesmire said.

Picklesimer says he has contacted schools in Shelby County to request improvements as their community continues to grow.

“Shelby County has told us they can’t afford to build a new high school and we just think the time has come for us to take that out of Shelby County and form our own system here in town. of Chelsea, ”Picklesimer said.

“Very satisfied with the Shelby County schools for the past nine years, the children are in school,” said Tom Kalnoske, a Chelsea resident.

Kalnoske is a parent with children inside the SCS. He and his neighbors are waiting for the feasibility results to be made public.

“Without knowing all the information about what it will cost upstream and what we will get downstream, I can’t make an informed decision,” Kalnoske said.

If the study shows positive results, the city of Chelsea will go to the polls to vote.

“Let them give the information to the people once it goes out, then civil debates and we can settle any kind of controversy and if it’s a vote, we vote,” he said. Kalnoske said.

“We have neither the desire nor the power to force annexation. We don’t have the desire or the power to levy that kind of property tax, it will be a decision of the people, ”Picklesimer said.

Picklesimer says the study cost around $ 50,000 and is expected to be completed by Oct. 15.

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