HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — The fourth of six rezoning meetings was held Monday night at Johnson High School. The Huntsville School Board is holding the meetings to give parents a chance to ask questions about the plan to rezone schools and even close others.
“I really do care,” said Ayiana McDow, a 7th grader. “Because like, they are just tearing it down and it has lots of history. So it’s just complicated.”
McDow is referring to the plan to close Johnson High School and replace it with a new school named Jemison High School. Johnson’s won’t be torn down, though. The facility will be turned into a public safety training facility that will be used by the city and the national guard. The building will keep the name of Johnson.
We spoke with others in attendance who came to view the rezoning plans.
“It concerns me in the sense that it bothers a lot of people in the community,” said Weldon Ragland. “For me, I didn’t go to Johnson, but my children did and that’s how I’m concerned. I think you need to have some respect for the people in the community and what they want.”
Most people at the meeting said they had moved on from the naming controversy because it was a done deal that can’t be changed. However, they say their concern now has shifted to just the overall outcome of rezoning.
“I’m still trying to get a feel for what’s really going to happen, and how the schools are going to be positioned and is it going to effect our community as far as make it better,” Ragland said.
There will be two more meetings. The next will be Tuesday night at Butler High School starting at 5 p.m. The last will be Wednesday night at Columbia High School at 5 p.m.