School Boards Asks Judge To Ignore Public Comments Given During Rezoning Hearing

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle, a former Superintendent and PTA presidents all gave glowing endorsements of Huntsville City Schools’ rezoning plan, while Councilman Richard Showers and North Huntsville leaders offered up scathing endorsements during the last hour of the federal hearing last week.

But now the School Board is asking the judge to ignore all of the public comments made during last week’s hearing.

“We certainly appreciate people’s opinions but from a legal standpoint we feel it is inappropriate,” said David Blair, Huntsville City School Board President.

Board members say regardless of what was said, they want the judge to stick to the legal precedents, not public opinion.

School district lawyers filed the motion late Friday evening, after U.S. District Court Judge Madeline Hughes Haikala made the unusual decision to have comments from the public entered into the record.

“We need to have this based on law, and we have the law on our side,” said Blair. “So we really want to move forward with just the legal precedent.”

The judge denied a similar motion in April, that the school district filed in an attempt to prevent the court from adding letters from the community to the court file.

Board members hope for a different answer this time around.

 



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