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The city of Pinson could consider creating its own school system

PINSON, Ala. (WBRC) – The town of Pinson is evaluating the possibility of starting its own school system.

On Thursday, March 3, 2022, Pinson City Council members will vote to move forward with an $8,500 feasibility study.

This is the first step in the process of determining if Pinson can support a school system.

Pinson Mayor Joe Cochran believes the town needs a new high school.

Pinson Valley Secondary School has been open since 1972, and he thinks a new school is long overdue.

Mayor Cochran told WBRC FOX6 News, “When a school is opened in 1972 and built for a 2 or 3A high school and you are now a 6A high school, obviously there will be deficits. There have been a few additions to the school, but what we think is mostly the usable part of the school. Things are not upgraded or supported in a timely manner.

Pinson is currently part of the Jefferson County School System.

The mayor said he had previously met with Jefferson County Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Walter Gonsoulin, who emailed us this statement:

“It’s not the city against JEFCO ED. If city leaders want to pursue a feasibility study, that is certainly their right. However, I believe the best way to educate all students in this eating pattern is to have them stay in Jefferson County schools.

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