For months, concerned parents, educators, and citizens have been inspecting the strategic plan that would change the shape of the Tuscaloosa City School System. A vote was held last night, and the plan did not pass.

According to the Tuscaloosa News, the 43-page strategic plan took 18 months to produce and laid out goals including investing in staff, changing school zones, renovating schools, the cost of which would have been more than $168.9 million.

Though there were numerous revisions, the plan still wasn't clear enough to some. Board members Earnestine Tucker, Clarence Sutton Sr., Marvin Lucas, and Erskine Simmons said there were certain aspects of the plan they could not approve, although they were not totally against the plan. While Dr. McKendrick thought this plan would be a good progressive movement for the school system, he still has hope of developing another strategy for moving the system forward.