Pelham forming new school district, council votes unanimously

In a unanimous vote, members of the Pelham City Council approved the formation of a new school system.{} The decision was reached in a meeting Monday night. The system will be separate from Shelby County Public Schools.{}

Earlier this month, a one cent sales tax increase went into effect to help fund the new school system.{} The board also paid a Birmingham company to develop a "pro forma" budget.{} In an interview with ABC 33/40's Larry Miller, City Council President Rick Hayes, said he felt Pelham could do a better job of managing its schools and overseeing facility upgrades.