Huntsville city leaders go back to class and like what they see in the school system


Annual meeting of Huntsville City Council and Board of Education

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle took his seat in class promptly at 7:30 a.m.  Council President Mark Russell joked that if any tests were given, he’d perform about as well as the first time he attended Huntsville High.

These city leaders, along with the rest of the council and some executive staff, were in a classroom at Huntsville High’s Freshman Academy Thursday morning for their annual meeting with the Board of Education.

Representatives from both bodies say they work well together and the meeting gives them an opportunity to update each other on various projects that are important to the city and the school system.

During this year’s meeting, Superintendent Dr. Casey Wardynski shared that the district-wide graduation rate is 87%. That’s up from 67% three years ago.

City leaders also received an update on the school system’s $200 million capital plan. One project – the freshman academy at Huntsville High – is already complete.

Here’s a look at some highlights from the other projects:

Whitesburg P-8

  • Scheduled to open in August 2015
  • New $26 million school
  • Demolition on current school expected to begin in March
  • Capacity of 1,000 students

Academy for Academics and Arts

  • Scheduled to open in August 2015 (with new theater to open at later date)
  • Located within former Ed White Middle School
  • $18 million renovation of interior, addition of new theater
  • Capacity of 650 students

Sonnie Hereford Elementary

  • Scheduled to open in August 2016
  • Located on former site of Terry Heights Elementary
  • New $18.1 million school
  • Capacity of 600 students

Jemison High School/McNair Junior High

  • Scheduled to open in August 2015
  • New $65 million campus
  • Each school will have its own buildings/principal
  • A campus administrator will oversee both schools

Grissom High School

  • Scheduled for completion in Spring 2017
  • Expected to open in August 2017
  • New $65 million school
  • Capacity of 1,860 students

All the new schools will feature storm shelters large enough to shelter students, staff and visitors.



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