Homeowners Launch Petition On Proposed Future High School

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HARVEST, Ala.(WHNT)-Plans for a long-awaited high school in western Madison County are now drawing attention from one local subdivision and its homeowners association.

Homeowners who live in Kelly Plantation off Jeff Road say any future high school in the nearby Monrovia area must be built west of Alabama Highway 53. As of Tuesday afternoon, well over 300 people had signed the neighborhood’s online petition asking the Madison County School Board to do just that.

The petition cites traffic and safety concerns for teenage drivers who would have to cross the busy road in an east of 53 scenario, but where the future high school will actually be built has yet to be determined. Two unnamed sites are reportedly still under consideration by district officials.

School board members we talked to declined to talk on camera. The Kelly Plantation Homeowners Association did not respond to our request for an interview.

Kelly Plantation sits directly next to Sparkman High School in Harvest, which would likely lose a significant chunk of its student base to a new Monrovia campus. School board members told WHNT News 19 they would take community input on the new high school site this Thursday evening at Sparkman.


  • Concerned resident

    It seems to me like it would be a no brainer. There is ALREADY a high school on the west side of Hwy 53. Actually, when you consider that there is also the 9th grade school across the road, there are two schools on the west side. Build the new one on the East side and use the highway as a division line between the schools. Problem solved!

  • Lilly Pegourie

    What makes that feasible in planning is actually your attendance zone/boundaries – kids in one area would not have to CROSS #53. Of course STATE MONEY dictates MUH of this whole project. THe community has far less say than they think they ever do. It is not a local situation when it is state money footing 90% of the budget.

  • Valerie

    State money is not being used to build this school, Federal BRAC funds are being used. I think this process is not being conducted very transparently. The fact that they bought land for a school not in the “Monrovia” area, but now they are only considering schools in that perceived area is a concern and leads one to think this is a political decision and that certain landowners are influencing the decision. State taxpayer funds were used to puchase 90 acres in the Harvest/Toney area, now they are wanting to use more funds to purchase more land. I strongly oppose that and will contact the elected officials. I’m sure it will not do any good since they probably already have their minds made up.

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