Department of Justice Approves Huntsville City Schools’ $194 Million School Building Projects

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - The Huntsville City School Board voted Thursday evening on a motion to seek $194 million in new school building projects.

The deal was reached in a compromise with the Department of Justice and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, parties in the 43-year-old desegregation order.

The motion will be filed in Federal court on Friday, and is unopposed. If approved, it would be unprecedented in the history of the Huntsville City School District. In the past, under the desegregation order the district would have to seek individual permissions for rezoning or building plans.

The plan includes the following projects:

  • Grissom High School.
  • Johnson High School.
  • Whitesburg Pre-K through 8th, built on the current site.
  • A new elementary school to replace University Place and Terry Heights Elementary Schools.
  • A new elementary school to replace Martin Luther King, Jr. and Lincoln Elementary Schools.
  • Huntsville High School's 9th grade academy
  • A 7th and 8th grade Junior high school on the Johnson High School campus. Replacing Davis Hills and Ed White middle schools.
  • The Academy of Arts and Academics will move to a refurbished Ed White campus.

If approved, the projects are expected to be completed by 2016.

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