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MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - The first day of a new school year is in the books. Thousands of students from Huntsville, Madison and Madison County returned to class Tuesday.

All three systems made some changes from the previous year. However, the greatest adjustments took place in the Madison County system.

For the 2014-15 school year, the county system moved to staggered start times. Younger students now report to class at 7:45 a.m. Older students begin their day at 8:30 a.m.

The switch has allowed the system to double its bus routes. It's hoped that will reduce bus overcrowding and the length of time students spend going to and from school.

Madison County also debuted its newest school Tuesday, Moores Mill Intermediate. Approximately 625 students in fourth through sixth grade attend the new campus. Meanwhile, Madison County Elementary received a new academic wing.

With so many changes, administrators know there are bound to be some issues. If parents have a problem, they're encouraged to first speak with their children's teacher or principal.

If the problem can't be resolved within the school, they should contact the central office at (256) 852-2557.




  • Concerned Parent

    The new school start times are truly inconsiderate towards working parents. I am supposed to be at work at 8:00 AM, how am I supposed to be there on time when I can not drop my child off at Sparkman Middle until 8:00 AM, and the bus does not arrive prior to 8:00 AM. The majority of working parents have to be at work at or around 8:00 AM. The new start time of 8:00 AM is truly unacceptable, we should at least have the ability to drop our students off at the school earlier. Parents were attempting to drop off their kids this morning and teachers were having to tell them they could not get out of the car before 8:00AM. I am lucky that my employer is understanding, but some people could loose their jobs if they are unable to get to work on time. We will end up with children unattended at bus stops year round (including the wintery mornings) or parents loosing their jobs

  • Horace Greenbaum

    Hope it’s better tomorrow, as the bus never showed up to pick up any elementary children on our street, and we had to drive them to school late for their first day….

  • Another Concerned Parent

    I agree with Concerned Parent.
    This staggered schedule is not a very good idea at all.
    The person who came up with this should know better. As teachers and faculty at the school have set start times to start work so do the parents. Not all parent s have the luxury of showing up the work that late to work.
    Why in the world is Sparkman Middle school not allowing early drop offs? It is nice to know your child is safely at school. Now parents are forced to leave their children by the road waiting on the bus for who knows how long with no one at home. This should cause a very big safety concern not only for the Parents but the School system as well.
    I have a hard time understanding how Madison County can build new buildings but can’t buy new busses to alleviate this situation. I also have a hard time understanding why the Principal at Sparkman Middle is not allowing parents to drop off early and giving the parents some since of security.
    I would also like to see if a time change is set for some middle schools then it should be county wide not just a select few.

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