Huntsville City School Leaders Plan Meeting, No One Shows Up

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) -- Huntsville City Schools leaders are at the end of their rope. Superintendent Casey Wardynski, School Board President David Blair, and Vice-President Laurie McCaulley waited patiently on Wednesday for a meeting with Madison County Commissioner Bob Harrison and a group Harrison refers to as the "black elected officials." However, the meeting didn't go quite as planned.

"We were going to get together about 1:00, it's now 1:30 p.m. so we're going to get on back to work of educating our kids," said Dr. Wardynski. The three HCS leaders stood on the steps of the Annie Merts Center, waiting to extend an olive branch. However, there was no one there to accept it.

WHNT News 19 asked Dr. Wardynski if anyone confirmed that they would be attending the meeting on April 2nd. "We had probably 20 emails go back and forth and there was a discussion about first meeting on April 1st," said Wardynski. "That turned out to be a bad day, apparently that's a holiday or something and so they couldn't make it," he said. "So we rescheduled for today at 1:00 and we're here and they're not."

Wardynski released some of the emails between him and Commissioner Harrison. One is dated Monday, March 31. In it, Harrison writes that he would not be able to attend a meeting on April 2nd. Harrison also tells Wardynski in the email that he would rather not meet with him alone, but only with the specified elected officials who were a part of an original request.

"We will continue to try and continue the conversation, again, we're going to get back to the business of educating kids and running a school system, that's really our focus," said Blair.

McCaulley stood beside both Wardynski and Blair.  "I wish they would come join us and let us start working on one accord and for what's best for the children in district 1 and district 6," she said.

Warydnski said it's just not working out. He told WHNT News 19 that his door is always open. He said from now on, anyone who wants to have a meeting will need to schedule an individual session with him. "It's hard to understand how many people are coming and what their reasons for not being here are," he said. "Obviously my board members are very busy and they have a lot to do to run the school system, as do I. If they'd like to meet individually, come on down, otherwise we're back to business."

Note: WHNT News 19 confirmed today that Commissioner Harrison was not available for the meeting this afternoon. He served on a panel as part of the Leadership Flagship Program's Local Government and Media Day. We did try reached out to him by email and left a message for him at his office. 



  • The truth be told

    This is a racist good ol boy sweeping things under the rug town! And the African Americans Don’t speak up or stick together enough. Stop throwing rocks and hiding your hands! WAKE UUUUUP!!! School Daze!!!

    • screw aarp

      We need a community organizer, to step in and help unionize this school system.that would clear things up!

  • jamison jones

    I guess the scare was good enough. I was just waiting for a group of us to contact the media about the indiscretions of Blair, Wardysnki and his cohorts. But since they’ve chilled out on our man, i guess we will too. Make peace and do tha right thing. Also parade more kids that you claim to work for instead of acting like you are ‘using kids’ for your own selfish gains,

  • ariel

    african americans? i think we can say it now if you didn’t immigrate here from africa yourself you are just an american.

  • jamison jones

    ariel, just go see your history/civics teacher…’ain’t nobody gat time for you’! lol

    • Branko Pezdi

      The American people paid in blood, sweat and tears over two centuries to rid the nation of white racism. Now it’s time to rid the nation of yours.

  • Nuclear Mike

    I would say the “battle” lines are drawn…each side will not not become trapped by theother…good for all of us taxpayers as the longer this litlle political war goes on the more of the “inside deals” that will be revealed as the city gob(v)ernment ‘onion’ is being peeled!!!

  • Ralph Connor Jr

    I see Dr. Wardynski still doesn’t get his role in the system… It’s not his school board. He works at the behest of the school board who hired him and can fire him… Still just as full of himself as Mr. Harrison…

  • John

    Mr. Harrison is fixing to go down for a number of things, #1 being serving alcohol at his Senior Center. He does not have a liquor license and nor will he be able to attain one. #2 I have a feeling the audit will be much larger than a $40,000 mishandle of funds. Mr. Harrison, I would start getting my assests in order if I were you, and quick. In fact, he may have a jail cell with his name on it right now.

  • jamison jones

    How does the school board go from a $20m debt to building 2 schools in a space of that much time? how did the board pay back the debt? does anyone know or was it forgiven? see, we can deep into this S***t and alot of people will go down. Best advice, leave the big man alone and stop the witch hunt. we know the private lives of the likes the school board, what they do, where they hang out, the small private conversations they have to sling out everybody that doesnot fit and in politics everything is fair game. so keep cool…..

  • Terri Rector Michal

    No one showed up? I’d say the exact people they wanted to be there showed up…channel 19!! The Superintendent had been informed the meeting wouldn’t happen but they proceeded anyway and called the news to plan the conference. Ridiculous

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