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Large crowd expected at Huntsville school board meeting

Thursday's meeting is the first since a federal judge's mediation order. (Source: MGN) Thursday's meeting is the first since a federal judge's mediation order. (Source: MGN)
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Thursday's Huntsville City Schools board meeting will be the first time the public will have the opportunity to address the school board since a federal judge issued an order for the district to enter mediation with the Department of Justice over a desegregation order.

Several people said they plan on voicing their concerns and views about what the judge talked about in that mediation order. One such person is Terri Michal, leader of the group Save Our Students.

Michal has previously voiced concern over transparency issues between the school board and city residents. She said the federal judge's opinion confirmed those concerns. She said in the last week, she has heard from dozens of people that share her concerns.

"When a federal judge confirms everything that we've been feeling and saying 'Now, it's on paper and it's in the federal courts,' we should find strength from that and be able to approach them and say we want more transparency," said Michal.

However, Ward said the presiding judge laid out specific guidelines about the privacy of the mediation - as such, board members are not expected to say much regarding the topic.

"The comments, those things that are involved will involve a very select few people, and those people will not be allowed to make public comments about those items that are taking place behind closed doors," Ward said.

WAFF has a crew at the board meeting, which is expected to draw large crowds of residents. Look for details on this story throughout the night, as well as a wrap-up of the meeting on WAFF 48 News at 10.

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