UPDATE: Dr. Wardynski Answers School Concerns From West Huntsville Residents

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Nearly 50 residents representing seven neighborhood associations from west Huntsville meet with school Superintendent Dr. Casey Wardynski Monday night.

Huntsville City Councilman Bill Kling arranged for Wardynski to meet with West Huntsville neighborhood associations concerning the impact of School System Rezoning on the West Huntsville community.

School re-zoning in the city has been an issue for a while, with the Department of Justice opposed to the district's plan, but either way more west Huntsville schools will close in the next few years.  Nothing has been finalized yet because the two sides are locked in a court battle. A federal judge will rule on the matter at a later date.

Wardynski says plans for Butler High School once the school is closed could include a local "organization" purchases the entire campus for use in a way that Wardynski describes as something that will be a benefit to the neighborhood. He would not get into detail about what the use will be other than to say talks are underway.

Wardynski also hinted to future closing and rebuilding of other west Huntsville schools in the next round of upgrades, but again details were limited.

Some residents asked the superintendent about security at the campuses after schools are moved elsewhere. Wardynski says the district will continue their security at the locations and will work with local police for additional patrols in those areas.

"There is great concern in West Huntsville concerning the closing of numerous schools in West Huntsville. An empty school building can attract crime and homeless to a neighborhood," Kling says.

"I appreciate Dr. Wardynski's openness and willingness to meet with the neighborhoods to hear their concerns, and explain the School System's plan for the empty school buildings," Kling added.