Huntsville City School board discuss Highlands Elementary, athletic events at Tuesday’s meeting

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – On Tuesday, the Huntsville City School Board met for the first time since students went back to school nearly two weeks ago.

One of the items discussed Tuesday night was the moving operation from Highlands Elementary School to the district’s Cavalry Hill campus. Highlands Elementary is in the process of getting a new roof, the project was set to be done by the first day of school but construction setbacks caused the project to be delayed.

Lontrell Harris with the district’s logistics team talked about moving over 30 teachers and staff members, 500 pieces of furniture, 1,000 boxes and a variety of other items from Highlands to Cavalry Hill in just six days.

Harris contributed the smoothness of the move to the teachers who packed up their classrooms in a very short amount of time. Moving everything cost about $20,000 for trucks and labor.

Athletics Coordinator Scott Stapler provided an update on what is expected at fall sporting events.

At football games, fans will be encouraged to social distance but will not be required to wear masks.

“We’re blessed to have a nice big stadium where fans can spread out and socially distance,” says Scott Stapler.

Students in the student section, will be required to social distance by sitting in every other row in Milton Frank Stadium for football games.

“We tell them as a fan they are playing a role just like the kids on the field are on the court are. Their role is to do their job in the stands to stay spread out as best they can and support their teams like crazy,” says Stapler.

Only essential personnel will be allowed on the sidelines.

“Last season the AHSAA let us spread our benches out… This year its back to the normal size,” says Stapler.

Stapler says the district hopes fans will take personal responsibility to slow the spread of the virus.

“We want to do everything we can as a school district and as fans and parents. We ask them to go with these guidelines so we can have these seasons because the last thing you want to see it it being taken away from them like it was two springs ago,” says Stapler.

Stapler says Huntsville City Schools will notify visiting teams about their home policies, and adhere to their own guidelines while on the road.

At volleyball games, fans and players not actively participating will be required to wear masks in accordance with the current HSC Mask Policy.

Fans will be able to purchase tickets for games this upcoming season online and the ticket price will include parking to limit cash transactions among people.

Huntsville City Schools says at this time, there is not going to be limited capacity for ticket sales, but the district says its something that will be monitored as the season moves forward.

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