Grandfather clause added in Huntsville schools order

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - The Huntsville Board of Education unanimously voted to approve the consent order focused on rezoning Huntsville City Schools.

But during a series of public forums, parents spoke out about concern that their high schoolers would not be able to finish high school where they started.

A clause added to the consent order added a grandfather clause for rising juniors and seniors.

During the special meeting, school board member Walker McGinnis asked district attorney J.R. Brooks why the clause couldn't be extended from seventh through eleventh graders.

Brooks says reaching back further to include more grades in the grandfather clause could cause severe overcrowding.

"We're just delaying the realignment of the school system of the feeder pattern which was the whole point of the student assignment plan," added Brooks.

The approved plan will go before Judge Madeline Hughes Haikala March 11. If accepted, the order's changes will go into effect in the fall.