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Huntsville City School leaders vote on desegregation case

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Huntsville City School officials have been in talks with the NAACP and The Department of Justice regarding the issue. Huntsville City School officials have been in talks with the NAACP and The Department of Justice regarding the issue.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Thursday night the Huntsville City School board met for the last meeting before the end of the 2013 school year.

One big topic on the agenda, the desegregation rules for the school system. The board voted unanimously to send a motion to a federal judge Friday morning to rid of it.

Superintendent Dr. Casey Wardynski said the decision is the result of 40 years worth of work.

Huntsville City School officials have been in talks with the NAACP and The Department of Justice regarding the issue.

Now that the choice has been made to rid the school system of its desegregation rules, some big changes can come from it. Some of those changes include a building a new Grissom High school, a new school to replace Johnson High and more.

"With this effort we are talking about $194-million worth of construction. Over the next three years, we will remove 1.8-million square feet of schools," said. Dr. Wardynski.

The desegregation order did not allow them to build new projects without getting each one individually approved by the Department of Justice.

"I think the focus of all three parties is on equity and making sure every child gets a great education no matter where they live and what color their skin is, where their parents came from and that sort of thing," he said.

Wardynski said that the motion is unopposed. It's not technically a done deal until the judge signs it, but he said whenever all three parties have agreed, the court has always granted the order.

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