HPM Talks Webinar: Return to School During COVID-19

With so much uncertainty surrounding the return to school this year, administrators have been tasked with the tough decision of whether or not class should meet in person or virtually. During our latest HPM Talks on September 17, Vice President of Planning Services Tracy Richter was joined by Dr. Todd Freeman, Superintendent of Vestavia Hills City Schools, to discuss what school re-engagement looks like in his Alabama school system. They talked about the role communications played during the planning stages, the precautions Vestavia has implemented to keep students and faculty safe, and the challenges they have faced along the way. 


Tracy Richter

Planning expert Tracy Richter has recently joined the HPM team to lead our new Planning Services division. Tracy comes to us from a nationally recognized educational planning firm founded by Richter that specializes in developing quality learning environments through systematic processes that maximize the use of data and community participation. Tracy assumes the role of Vice President of Planning Services and will lead a team of specialists focused on providing a comprehensive approach to capital and operational building programs. Learn more about Tracy.

Dr. Todd Freeman

Todd Freeman, Ed.D., is the seventh superintendent of Vestavia Hills City Schools. He has served as superintendent since March 2018. Under Freeman’s leadership, Vestavia Hills City Schools developed new strategic goals and renewed the system’s accreditation in 2019. He and his leadership team have overseen the implementation of a comprehensive school restructuring and rezoning plan, including the opening of Vestavia Hills Elementary Dolly Ridge and the new campus of Louis Pizitz Middle School. Learn more about Dr. Freeman.