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Huntsville school board approves budget

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The board will discuss the current year's budget The board will discuss the current year's budget

The Huntsville school board met Thursday evening to discuss the current year's budget. It is the second such meeting required by the state.

The state requires every district to have at least one month's budget in the bank. Huntsville City Schools now has more than that. The district is $16 million in the black, according to spokesperson Keith Ward. That's a huge turnaround compared to just a few years ago, when the district carried a $19 million deficit.

The budget was approved by the school board in Thursday's meeting. It will now be sent to the state for final approval. The board also examined in more detail a new flexibility waiver, which would change the way state money is distributed. Instead of money allocated on a per-classroom basis, the waiver would distribute state funds based on the number of students attending.

Also on the agenda was plans moving forward with construction of the new Grissom High School. The site is located across from Memorial Parkway behind the Sam's Club. The agreement must now go before the Huntsville City Council.

The board also made a land agreement for Johnson High School. The site is located off Pulaski Pike near Winchester Road.

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