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Rezoning Proposal for Madison City Elementary Schools

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MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) -- Big changes could be coming for elementary schools in the Madison City School sytem. School officials have released a rezoning proposal that is designed to aleviate some overcrowding at a few of the elementary schools.

"Ultimately, someone does have to move," said Dennis James, Director of Student Service for Madison City Schools. "The one thing that we can promise each parent is that we're going to provide a proper, safe, and really outstanding educational enviroment for every child in the district, wherever they land."

James says that rezoning became necessary after Mill Creek Elementary School and Columbia Elementary School became overcrowded. But the rezoning isn't just going to affect those two schools.

"This is actually a comprehensive rezoning, our growth projections are showing that in about three and a half years, we'll be out of elementary school space across the district," said James. "It's very importnat with this rezoning that we use all space at our schools to the fullest.

The current proposal has 13% of of the current elementary student propulation moving. That breaks down to approximately 600 out of about 4,500 elementary studnets.

Madison City School officials understand that this proposal may cause some headache for parents. They are holding a public meeting to hear feedback on the proposal next week. That meeting will take place in the auditorium at James Clemens High School on March 21st at 6:00 p.m.

For a look at the rezoning proposal, click here.