School Improvement Projects
Learn More on Tuesday, February 7, 6 pm at Northside High
January 25, 2023
All families, faculty, and staff in the Northside High School feeder pattern are invited to an informational meeting on Tuesday, February 7, 2023 at 6 pm in the Northside High School gym. The Northside High feeder pattern includes Northside High, Northside Middle, and Walker Elementary.
The purpose of this meeting is to share information with you about proposed improvements for all students in the Tuscaloosa County School System, and proposed improvements specific to the Northside High feeder pattern.
How would these improvements be funded?
Funds to support these improvements would be generated by an additional eight mills of property taxes in Tuscaloosa County. All registered voters in Tuscaloosa County will have the opportunity to vote on the eight mill property tax on Tuesday, February 14, 2023. The February 7 meeting is an opportunity for you to learn how these funds would be used to support students.
Currently, Tuscaloosa County ranks at the bottom of the state in millage rate for local school funding; however, TCSS is one of the largest school systems in the state. Out of 139 school systems in Alabama, TCSS is number one by geographic size and number nine in student population. TCSS serves approximately 19,000 students. The last time Tuscaloosa County voters approved a millage rate increase for local school funding was more than 100 years ago, in 1917.
Below is a brief summary of the proposed improvements for all TCSS schools.
Proposed improvements that would impact the entire district include:
- More school resource officers and building security improvements
- Pre-K available to all students
- Smaller class sizes
- More electives and career tech options
- Dual enrollment scholarships
- Art and music classes for elementary schools
- Increased mental health resources
- Construction of a centrally-located performing arts venue
The first round of proposed improvements for the Northside High Attendance Zone includes:
- New Northside area elementary school
- New Northside area middle school
These are not all of the projects that would be completed in the Northside High attendance zone, only the first round.
How much does eight mills equate to in dollars?
- If Tuscaloosa County voters approve the eight mill property tax, someone who owns a home or property with a $100,000 assessed value would pay about $75 per year in additional property tax.
- Someone who owns a home or property with a $200,000 assessed value, would pay about $150 per year in additional property tax.
- Someone who owns a home or property with a $300,000 assessed value, would pay about $225 per year in additional property tax.
The funds generated by the eight mills would provide approximately $15 million each year, to meet needs of TCSS schools, not addressed by current local, state, or federal funding.
This information and more will be presented at the meeting Tuesday, February 7, at 6 pm at Northside High School. You may also read more at our TCSS web site.