HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Members of the North Huntsville Community United for Action called for Casey Wardynski to resign as superintendent for Huntsville City Schools Monday morning.
The group made the announcement during a news conference held in front of the Annie Merts Center on White Street Monday morning. They say Wardynski should be fired if he does not resign.
Pastor TC Johnson, a spokesman for the group, said Wardynski had the full support of the North Huntsville Community United for Action when he took office, but has since “earned their distrust.”
Members of the organization said schools in north Huntsville are not treated the same as schools in south Huntsville. Johnson said a main concern for the group is that highly qualified teachers are transferred from schools in north Huntsville to south Huntsville.
“We want all children, regardless of socioeconomic status, to have the same education…” Johnson said. “We’re not protesting what the south has. We believe that is the standard that all schools should have.”
The North Huntsville Community United for Action describes itself as a community oriented group composed of pastors, ministers, black elected officials, community leaders, parents and others residing in north Huntsville.
The group’s mission statement is, “We believe that all students should have an equal access to a quality education including all resources (highly qualified and certified teachers, equal curriculum with Advanced Placement courses, equitable facilities and access to extra curricula activities.”
Later Wednesday, the City of Huntsville pledged its full support to the Huntsville City School Board and Superintendent Dr. Casey Wardynski.
“Every child must emerge from our schools college or career ready and well-prepared for active and meaningful lives as thoughtful, engaged and productive citizens,” Mayor Tommy Battle said. “We believe our Board of Education and Dr. Wardysnki are working to meet that challenge, and we have confidence in the job they are doing for our children.”
The Chamber of Commerce of Huntsville/Madison County also released a letter supporting Wardynski, saying that extending his contract will be a positive sign to the community that Huntsville City Schools is in good hands.
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