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Town Hall Meeting Tonight To Discuss New Grissom High School Location

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Parents and leaders at Huntsville City Schools agree it's high time the nearly 50-year-old Grissom High School was rebuilt, but where the new school will be located is still up for debate. 

District leaders are looking at building a new school at the current Grissom location, or on a piece of land twice the size of the current campus, off of Weatherly Road.

A meeting is scheduled for Monday January 14th, where the Grissom High School PTSA and district leaders will discuss the challenges that come with building at either location.

Among parental concerns, are their kids driving on Memorial Parkway to get to school if it moves to Weatherly Road.

Still, that location would allow for the expanded and updated facilities that president of the PTSA says the students and teachers so desperately need.

"At the current location we have several organizations trying to use the same space at the same time, and that's very difficult to do," said Elisa Ferrell. "At the new location everybody would have their own space, so there won't be as much interference."

It's estimated moving Grissom High School to the new location would save taxpayers about $4 million, and construction would be complete in less than two years.

Construction at the current campus would be completed in sections, as classes continue in the building.

The town hall meeting will be held at Grissom auditorium Monday, January 14th, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.. School district officials will present information on the different plans and locations and take questions from the public.