Parents Speak Out Against Proposed Rezoning For Madison City Schools

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MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) — Big changes could be coming for elementary schools in the Madison City School system  School officials have released a rezoning proposal that is designed to alleviate some overcrowding at a few of the elementary schools.

“Ultimately, someone does have to move,” said Dennis James, Director of Student Service for Madison City Schools. “The one thing that we can promise each parent is that we’re going to provide a proper, safe, and really outstanding educational environment for every child in the district, wherever they land.”

James says that rezoning became necessary after Mill Creek Elementary School and Columbia Elementary School became overcrowded. But the rezoning isn't just going to affect those two schools.

“This is actually a comprehensive rezoning, our growth projections are showing that in about three and a half years, we’ll be out of elementary school space across the district,” said James. “It’s very important with this rezoning that we use all space at our schools to the fullest.

The current proposal has 13% of of the current elementary student population moving. That breaks down to approximately 600 out of about 4,500 elementary students.

For a look at the rezoning proposal, click here.