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Huntsville High using mall for overflow parking

Construction could inhibit many cars from parking during orientation. Construction could inhibit many cars from parking during orientation.

Huntsville High School will have orientation before school starts on the 19th, but some construction on campus will leave students with limited places to park.

Orientation is scheduled at the school for August 13, but ongoing construction will keep at least 1700 cars from filling the parking lot at the school. Principal Mark Mincher said part of the parking problem is the new Freshman Academy that's set to open on the campus.

"We are excited about the opening of the Freshman Academy next year, but it has created some challenges as far as parking goes," Mincher said.   

Mincher put out a call to help with the limited parking spaces and made a schedule that should help orientation flow smoothly.

"There's very limited parking on the west side of campus, so Parkway Place Mall has graciously offered some of their parking lot for our students and parents to park," he said.

Parking spots will be marked in the Belk parking lot.

On the 13th, Seniors will meet at the school for two hours beginning at 9 a.m.  Juniors will follow at noon.  On Wednesday the 14th, Sophomores will meet for orientation at 9 a.m. and Freshman will follow at noon. Parents who want to drop their kids off can do so on Billie Watkins and they can pick them up at the same location.

"They will be getting schedules, lockers, laptops," Mincher said. "We'll have shuttles that'll be running from 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.  We'll also have extra police and security for those students who want to walk. They'll be on Bob Wallace, stationed at various places to make sure that they are safe."

Mincher says that weather permitting; the lot that's under construction will be done before the start of the school year.

"We are going to have school and things are going to be fine," he said. "It will be okay it's a little bit of a challenge but it will be well worth it when the Freshman Academy is open next year."

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