Pelham Board of Education President Rick Rhoades didn't have much of an answer when asked what he thinks should happen to Pelham residents whose children attend school in Chelsea.
"I think it's a little early to make that call. Again, I think there are a lot of variables that need to be discussed," said Rhoades.
It's a major hurdle the City of Pelham will have to address.
"As a board of education, we do have a logistical problem with our schools in our community," said Rhoades. "All of our schools are located in the northwest corner of our city. We need to [over time] get our schools centrally located."
School administrators plan to address the concern head on Thursday. A select group of parents will talk with administrators about ways to resolve the problem.
"We're just part of the equation," said Rhoades.
Similar conversations have been going on in Gardendale. The city is laying down the ground work to form its own school district. The decision will affect hundreds of families whose children live in Mount Olive but go to school in Gardendale. Discussions have been somewhat divided with plenty of families for and against annexation.
With the first day of school months away, all sides involved will have to figure something out for the sake of the students and families involved.