Bessemer City Schools, Alabama
- The 2009-2010 budget, including revenue information, is posted.
- Contact information for the School Board members is provided.
- Contact information for the Administrators is also available.
- Scheduled Board meetings are listed.
- Audits are posted.
- Background checks are mentioned as requirements for certified employees, but specific information is lacking.
- Employment applications and salary schedules are posted.
- A link is provided to the Accountability Reporting System on the Alabama State Department of Education website.
- Meeting documents are not available.
- Teacher and vendor contracts are not posted. Vendor information can be found on the Alabama State website.
- Information regarding lobbyists is not provided.
- Academic performance information is not available. The information can be found on the Alabama State Department of Education website.
- There is no information about requesting public records under the Alabama Public Records Law.
Current Bessemer City Public Schools Board of Education members include:
|School board member||District|
|Mrs. Vera Eades||District 1|
|Mrs. Bessie Pippens||District 2|
|Mrs. Renna` Soles Scott, Board President||District 3|
|Mr. Sam Morris||District 4|
|Ms. Darlene Perkins||District 5|
|Mrs. Christine Knight||District 6|
|Mrs. Hattie Aikerson, Board Vice-President||District 7|
The current superintendent is Mr. Michael Foster.
Current Board of Education members include:
|Governor Bob Riley, President|
|Joseph B. Morton, State Superintendent of Education, Secretary and Executive Officer|
|Randy McKinney, Vice President||District 1||2nd||2013|
|Betty Peters||District 2||1st||2011|
|Stephanie Bell||District 3||2nd||2013|
|Dr Ethel H Hall, Vice President Emerita||District 4||2nd||2011|
|Ella B. Bell||District 5||2nd||2013|
|David F. Byers, Jr.||District 6||2nd||2011|
|Gary B. Warren||District 7||2013|
|Dr Mary Jane Caylor, President Pro Tem||District 8||2011|
The Bessemer City Schools 2010 amended expenditures budget totaled $57,124,541.74, including $21,973,395.00 in state revenue, $9,754,649.00 in federal revenue, $7,259,616.00 in local revenue and $1,312,805.00 in other revenue.
The Alabama Department of Education's Student Assessment Program tests students K – 12 in core content areas of reading, mathematics, language, and science, including specialist populations such as special education students and limited English proficient students. 
The Alabama Accountability Program sets Annual Measurable Objectives for schools and school systems. To achieve Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) toward system goals, schools must score at or above the set objectives and have at least a 95% participation rate amongst students. Students are tested in reading and mathematics. A school that misses AYP in the same area for two consecutive years is identified as In Improvement.
AYP results for the State of Alabama and Bessemer City Schools are noted below. Results for individual schools within each district can be accessed through the Accountability Reporting Query System on the Alabama State Department of Education website.
State of Alabama Reading Scores 2009-2010 - Percent of Students in Each Achievement Level
|Grade||Level I||Level II||Level III||Level IV|
State of Alabama Math Scores 2009-2010 - Percent of Students in Each Achievement Level
|Grade||Level I||Level II||Level III||Level IV|
Level I - Does Not Meet Academic Content Standards.
Level II - Partially Meets Academic Content Standards.
Level III - Meets Academic Content Standards.
Level IV - Exceeds Academic Content Standards.
State of Alabama AYP Results 2009-2010
|State of Alabama|
- Bessemer City School District website
- Education.com - Bessemer City School District
- GreatSchools.org - Bessmer City schools
- Alabama State Department of Education official website
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Budget
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 School Board
- ↑ Superintendent staff, Business staff, Directory
- ↑ 'Bessemer City Schools', Bessemer Board of Education Work Session Dates, September 9, 2010
- ↑ Audits
- ↑ Background checks
- ↑ 'Bessemer City Schools', Human Resources - Forms, September 9, 2010
- ↑ 'Bessemer City Schools', Accountability Reports, September 9, 2010
- ↑ ‘The Official Website of the State of Alabama’, State Procurement, September 2, 2010
- ↑ ‘Alabama State Department of Education’, Education Directory/Reports, September 2, 2010
- ↑ ‘Alabama State Department of Education’, State Board of Education, September 1, 2010
- ↑ ‘Alabama State Department of Education’, Assessment and Accountability, September 1, 2010
- ↑ ‘Alabama State Department of Education’, Accountability Overview, September 2, 2010
- ↑ 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 Alabama Department of Education, "Accountability Reporting," retrieved September 7, 2010
- ↑ ‘Alabama State Department of Education’, Accountability Reporting Query System, September 7, 2010
- ↑ 'Alabama Education Association', September 2, 2010
- ↑ 'National Education Association', September 2, 2010