Shelby County Schools

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The Shelby County School System provides public schools for students in Shelby County except for municipalities that have formed their own school systems. At present, the only Shelby County municipalities that have their own school systems are Alabaster, Pelham, and those that have extended into Shelby County from Jefferson County. The superintendent is Lewis Brooks.

Alabaster voted to split from the Shelby County district on October 17, 2011, with the 6 schools inside Alabaster corporate limits officially moving from the county school district on July 1, 2013 for school year 2013-2014. Pelham followed suit, with its four schools transferring on July 1, 2014. In 2024 the city of Calera hired a consultant to study the feasibility of forming its own system.

In 2021 the system was awarded $$35,527,192 ($1,747/student) in federal Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds tied to the COVID-19 pandemic.


As of 2024 Shelby County Schools had a total enrollment of 21,194 students, of which 66% were white, 18% Black, 11% Hispanic, 2% Asian, and 3% "other". 2,334 Shelby County students used one of 45 languages other than English at home.

Historical enrollment

  • 2009–2010: 27,793 students, 3,520 employees
  • 2019–2020: 20,881 students, 2,724 employees
  • 2023–2023: 21,194 students


Board of Education

The Shelby County Board of Education offices are located at 410 East College Street in Columbiana. Board members are elected to staggered six-year terms. Board meetings are typically held on the third Thursday of each month.

The current board includes: David Bobo, president; Peg Hill, vice-president, Jimmy Bice, Brian Boatman, and Amber Polk. Former board members include Aubrey Miller, Jane Hampton, Kevin Morris, Lee Doebler (1988–2014), and Steve Martin (1988–2014)



Shelby County currently operates 30 schools, including 14 elementary/intermediate schools and 13 middle/high schools.

High Schools

Middle Schools

Elementary Schools

Other Facilities

Former schools


  • Reed, Martin J. (July 23, 2014) "Helena High School's opening generating traffic flow concerns." The Birmingham News
  • Reed, Martin J. (July 24, 2014) "Steve Martin leaves a legacy after 26 years on Shelby County school board." The Birmingham News
  • Crain, Trisha Powell (October 25, 2021) "Alabama schools got $3 billion in federal COVID relief money. Where did it go?." The Birmingham News
  • Kates, Margaret (June 2, 2024) "Shelby County city weighs forming its own school system."

External links

Shelby County seal.jpg Shelby County

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