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Citizens Take School District Rezoning Plan Frustrations To City Council

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – ¬†Frustration and anger about the Huntsville City School’s rezoning plan has yet to die down.

After feeling like their concerns were falling on deaf ears at school board meetings, Huntsville citizens took their concerns to City Council on Thursday.

Only a few residents stood up to voice their opinions, but the crowd nodded in agreement as they directed their anger toward Superintendent Wardynski and the school board.

“Tell me in this day and time when you pay taxes, you cannot give your input and you cannot ask questions? Decisions are being made without the public being involved,” voiced one citizen. “When is north Huntsville going to be allowed to have input with anything dealing with Huntsville city Schools? When are the city council and the mayor going to speak up?”

The take away message was several citizens believe they have not had the opportunity to be heard by the board or Wardynski.

Councilman Richard Showers also expressed anger at the superintendent, calling him “intimidating” and “disrespectful.”

Showers then called for drastic measures to get the school board’s attention.

“Unless this school board and its superintendent exhibit a more transparent form of government, respect its citizens and their right to attend and speak out at board meetings, respect, communicate and work with all elected officials, it would be my recommendation that all funds allocated to the Huntsville school system be withheld,” said Showers.

Councilman John Olshefski says he understands the public’s concerns, but defended the board and the superintendent.

“I can’t fix some of the stuff you’re asking me to fix, but I have looked at numbers,” said Olshefksi. “The numbers are way better today than they were two and a half years ago. This is about the students!”

Other council members promised to take the public’s concerns to Wardynski and the school board, but their promises were met with scoffs from several people in the crowd.