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Huntsville school leaders, parents meet to discuss rezoning plan

Parents were able to stop at different stations based on the type of questions they had. Parents were able to stop at different stations based on the type of questions they had.

Parents had a chance to speak one on one with Huntsville city school leaders about a rezoning plan. School board members said it's all part of an effort to get out from under a 1970 desegregation order.

The forum had a open house-type setup so that parents could have more interaction with school officials.  There were several different stations that parents could go to if they specific question about the rezoning process. 

Superintendent Dr. Casey Wardynski said this plan will allow a uniform transition from elementary school all the way to high school. He said feeder patterns and knowing which schools you will go to from start to finish are important. 

According to this new plan, all high school students will be in new schools by 2016. The plan is not final yet.  The Department of Justice is working on a plan too. A federal judge will make the final decision.

Dr. Wardynski said the negotiations are wrapping up and he hopes to have a decision about the rezoning in the next few days.  He said all in all the rezoning process is aimed to make everything better for the students, parents and teachers.

"It will make better communities too," he said. "Because when you buy a home you're buying a high school and you'd like to know what high school your kids are going to, you'd like that high school to perform well because it feeds into your property values.  As for the efficiency part, when we take 60,000 square feet out of service that's easily three million a year that we could put back into our kids." 

Ann Kvach has two boys in the Huntsville City School system.  She said she attended the forum because it's all about being educated when it comes to your child's education.

"I think this is a great opportunity for parents to come out and find out the facts and get their questions answered because with any kind of change there is always rumors flying around," she said.  "We need to know what's true and what isn't true. This is a great opportunity to come out and get your questions answered."

Several public forums will be held at six Huntsville high schools to get public reaction to the plan. They are as follows:

  • Jan. 31, 5:00 p.m. - Grissom High School
  • Feb. 1, 9:00 a.m. - Huntsville High School
  • Feb. 3, 5:00 p.m. - Johnson High School
  • Feb. 4, 5:00 p.m. - Butler High School
  • Feb. 5, 5:00 p.m. - Columbia High School

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