Madison County school leaders seek counsel from DOJ on potential new high school & rezoning

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MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - As it stands, Madison County School District leaders are moving forward with plans for a new Monrovia high school.  That means, much like Huntsville City Schools and the other 42 school districts under a federal desegregation order, they have to seek Department of Justice's approval on any potential rezoning plan.

Before you imagine another federal court showdown, there is a major and important difference between what Madison County schools and Huntsville City Schools are trying to accomplish.

"We are not applying for unitary status," explained Superintendent Matt Massey.

He says district leaders simply need to make sure any rezoning plan meets the federal regulations. Massey has consulted with the DOJ about what is expected of them.

It's an unfamiliar process for him and the district.

"We just want to make sure we proceed and are aware and do it in the right way," Massey said.

One of Massey's concerns is that a new Monrovia high school would split the area down socioeconomic and racial lines. He says any plan would have to work to create racial and socio-economic diversity in both Sparkman High School and the new high school.