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2015

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h o m e w o o d c h a m b e r. o r g 35 Left: Shades Cahaba Elementary, Below: Dr. Bill Cleveland. was in the plans before I took over as Superintendent. Originally the plans called for use of a portion of the old Middle School for the Board of Education building, but that plan wasn't logistically or fi nancially feasible. Williams-Blackstock designed the new building, and Brasfi eld & Gorrie completed the construction. On the site of the former Middle School and adjacent to the Community Garden, the new facility incorporates elements of surrounding structures—stacked stone, large windows, slanted roofl ine—so that the building fi ts the neighborhood and blends into the landscape. Unlike the former offi ce, we now have dedicated work and storage space, including locked storage for secure fi les. There is plenty of conference space, and students in Homewood's early days of the 1920s. Oak Grove's annexation in 1955 brought Hall-Kent Elementary into the Homewood fold, and in 1972, Homewood residents voted for a special tax to pay for construction of a new high school, which was completed and opened that same year. Since those early days, the system has fl ourished, winning accolades and drawing families to Homewood. Dr. Bill Cleveland, the city's Superintendent of Schools and a graduate of Homewood City Schools, discussed the system's storied history and its bright future: HWOOD MAG: Tell us about the new Board of Education facility that you moved into last fall. DR. BILL CLEVELAND: The project From the beginning, Homewood Schools have been enriched by the city's tradition, community spirit and vision. The Rosedale School, founded by community leader and educator B.M. Montgomery, Shades Cahaba Elementary (which got its start as a high school), and Edgewood Elementary, all were constructed and started educating

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