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Madison City Schools approves elementary rezoning plan

Madison City Schools rezoning concerns
Madison City Schools rezoning concerns
Updated: May. 6, 2021 at 6:26 PM CDT
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MADISON, Ala. (WAFF) - A big change is coming to Madison City Schools.

Thursday night, Madison City Schools Board of Education unanimously approved a rezoning plan. The rezoning plan has been a hot debate for months now.

This is the 4th revision of the elementary rezoning plans. Madison City School Superintendent, Ed Nichols says they have considered everyone’s concerns.

“Most of our growth is on the western side of our town and so we have to balance that growth. We do not want just new growth on one side of town. We have to balance that with our schools on the eastern side of town, " says Nichols.

These changes come after the announcement of a new elementary school being built near Wall Triana Highway. Midtown Elementary School is set to open in August 2021.

Even though school leaders say all the Madison City Schools are equitable, some parents are still nervous about the changes.

Justen Alexander currently has children in the special education system at Rainbow Elementary, but her children will be moved.

“It is kind of a scary transition and not one we would choose to do,” says Alexander.

With the new rezoning plan, her children are going to Columbia Elementary next year. She says rezoning is especially difficult for children with special needs.

“It can actually be fairly traumatic to have changes this big, for really any child. But, in special education, you have kids that are really set on schedules, school layouts.

The majority of the Midtown student body will be made up of West Madison’s former students. But, the new school means some students from Columbia, Mill Creek, Horizon, Rainbow will move too.

Alexander says she appreciates the district making adjustments to its plan, but doesn’t want to uproot her children again any time soon.

“While they will switch when they go to middle school or high school, changing that multiple times in elementary and every year after… that can really add some extra trauma in there and make school harder than it has to be.”

Nichols says they will start contacting parents on Monday, to plan accordingly, if they are being rezoned to another school. The same conversation will happen soon for middle school students in Madison City with the opening of Journey Middle School in 2022.

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