Lee board may petition for annexation

The Lee County School Board will meet tonight to vote on petitioning Smiths Station city government to annex the property around Smiths Station schools into city limits.

Of the five schools in the Smiths Station attendance zone, only one — Smiths Station Primary School — is part of the city. Annexing the property around the remaining schools would put Smiths Station High, Smiths Station Intermediate and Smiths Station Elementary within city limits. The fifth school, Wacoochee Junior High is actually in Salem, Ala.

State law prevented the schools from becoming a part of the city when it was incorporated. The law required that the incorporated area be divided into 40-acre quadrants, with at least 60 percent of the residents and four registered votes in each quadrant requesting incorporation before the election.

There were no residents or voters in the quadrants containing the high, intermediate and elementary schools, so those quadrants were left out of the city map.

The school board will also hear a report from Eddie Clark, director of instruction for Lee County schools, regarding the No Child Left Behind Act and the district's adequate yearly progress scores. Only one Lee County school, Beauregard High School, did not make AYP this year.