Update: Madison County Schools still waiting on DOJ approval on Monrovia rezoning lines

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MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) -- The Madison County School District submitted a rezoning plan for the new Monrovia high school to the U.S. Department of Justice in late July. Madison County officials told WHNT News 19 that they have yet to get a ruling on the plan from the DOJ. Until that happens, they have been advised to not discuss it publicly.

Superintendent Matt Massey, with the help of a 13-person advisory committee, spent the summer mulling over roughly two dozen school line scenarios to submit to the DOJ. The federal court must be a part of the process because the school system is under a desegregation order.

"We've got to make sure that we do that process right and so we're hopeful that we can put something forward that's going to be good for everybody," said Massey.

The process is meant to help the district divide the Sparkman High School zone equally, both racially and socioeconomically.

"We've been trying to do our due diligence to really do what's going to be in the best interest of the students here in Madison County, that's what we're here for," he said.

Once the DOJ and the school system negotiate any recommended changes to the new zone lines, the plan will then be submitted to a federal judge for approval. Only then will the plan become public and the school board will vote on it. Construction on the new Monrovia school will not start until the new lines are approved.

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