Massey continues to hold open discussion with community member about district’s vision, new Monrovia High

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MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) -- Madison County Schools Superintendent  Matt Massey continued his series of candid conversations throughout the district Thursday at Moores Mill Intermediate School.

The community meetings all follow the same formula, a power point presentation about the future of the school system followed by an open question and answer session with those in attendance.

Massey touched on his views on transparency, equality, readiness and advocacy throughout the district in the discussion. He also discussed funding for the school system.

"The one thing that I've been wanting to use this for is to really get the message of how we want to lead as a district and really what our goals are going to be and the vision is for the future," he said, "that's really what the point of the meeting is."

Massey held meetings at Sparkman Middle, Walnut Grove Elementary, Monrovia Elementary and Endeavor Elementary throughout the past week.

While she was disappointed in the turnout, Kellye Cuzzort was grateful for the meeting.

"Going out and meeting with the community and the parents and sharing his plans and his ideas is phenomenal to me," she said.

Cuzzort was one of roughly 25 people in attendance. Not only is she a teacher at Moores Mill Intermediate, which is a feeder school for Hazel Green High, but her children are zoned for Sparkman High.

While the intended focus of the meeting is not the building of a new Monrovia High School with BRAC funds, it still comes up.

"Everyone in the county should have benefited from that money and now we're not going to get to," Cuzzort said.

Massey said without the board's support, he will have to go forward with the current plan in place and build a new school.

"That's not the big picture, either way we got to move forward," he said.

Cuzzort said though there is growing concern throughout the district that Monrovia will eventually either incorporate or be annexed.

"Monrovia's a great community. I love it over there. I live over there, but my fear is that's going to happen and then Madison County is going to have to foot the bill and that's not fair to teachers or the students of Madison County."

The next community meeting is scheduled for April 27 in New Hope and Massey said meetings still need to be scheduled in the Buckhorn High and Madison County High communities.

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