Huntsville Superintendent updates community on various issues in meeting at Grissom

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Curiosity and concern packed more than 100 people into the A.V. Room at Grissom High School on Wednesday. The two-plus-hour, standing-room-only meeting organized by the civic group Huntsville South focused on the school system's new consent decree, along with its implementation.

Superintendent Casey Wardynski also discussed the progress of the new schools, detailing both Whitesburg P-8 and Grissom High for those in attendance.

He has been meeting with community groups all summer long, primarily answering questions about the new feeder patterns.

"As I go to the different feeder patterns, I'll zero in on them a little bit more," he said.

Wardynski said he continues to outline the changes to the majority-to-minority transfer process, too.

"This spring we had an abbreviated procedure because we got our consent decree in the end of March, beginning of April," he said.

The superintendent also noted that the district eliminated nearly $2 million in fees for core courses. It was something the system suggested and U.S. District Judge included in her opinion.

"There are exceptions here and there, but if it's a core course, that's headed toward graduation, no fees," he said.

Through these meetings, Wardynski said folks within the district are gaining a better understanding of the school system's pursuit of unitary status. But, as evidenced at Wednesday's meeting, some parents still have questions.

"I think things look good, they look improving, but again there's still time to tell, a lot of changes, a lot of teacher changes, a lot of new schools, principals changing around," said parent Pat Sanders. "I would like to see how things go the next couple years."

WHNT News 19 has covered the Huntsville Schools desegregation case extensively. To read more, click here.

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