Northport approves contract for school consulting group

By WVUA 23 News Reporter Elise Anzaldua

Northport is another step closer to its long-desired school system. On Monday, the city approved a contract with a consulting group that specializes in separating schools from their districts.

Last year, the city’s quest for a school system was backed up by a feasibility study. This is the next step toward that goal.

“Our city council is very conservative and thoughtful,” said Northport City Administrator Glenda Webb. “They are trying to think through this process of whether a school system would be beneficial to our constituency, and they feel like doing due diligence is necessary.”

Criterion Consulting will be providing Northport with additional financial analysis as well as a facility assessment of the schools within city limits. Those schools currently belong to the Tuscaloosa County School System and include Tuscaloosa County High School, Northside middle and high schools, Walker Elementary School, Northport Intermediate School, Northport Elementary School, Matthews Elementary School, Lloyd Wood Education Center, Huntington Place Elementary School, Flatwoods Elementary School, Faucett-Vestavia Elementary School, Echols Middle School, Crestmont Elementary School and Collins-Riverside Intermediate School .

“This is a matter of due diligence and it’s not a matter of a decision already having been made,” Webb said. “It is so that our council can get the best information and make an educated decision.”

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