Students prepare for Butler High School to close; School system providing help with transition

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - There are only a few short weeks before Butler High School closes its doors for good. While students and faculty are sad to see their school close, they are staying positive and focusing on what's important.

Butler's students will be spread out between four different schools next year.  Being forced to change schools is tough on teenagers. The Huntsville City School district said it knows how the transition can affect students. Teachers and faculty are working very closely with the district to make sure that every student has a smooth transition and every student is accounted for.

Leighton Brown is the guidance counselor at Butler High School.  WHNT News 19 talked with her about some of the concerns students have.

"I think just the fact that there is going to be a small number of them in to a large crowd of students that have already been established with their schools and they don't exactly know how they are going to fit in with that other school," said Brown.

She also tells us the other schools are really doing a great job reaching out to their new students. "You know, I am really very impressed and very proud of what the other schools have done to really take ownership of these students," Brown said.

Superintendent Casey Wardynski says the district is being proactive to help the students transition into their new schools.

"We have already had high school principals and high school counselors visit Butler," he said.  "They know who their student will be in their new enrollment areas and they visited with those students and talked with them about the new high schools."

Teachers of Huntsville City Schools  are working together to make sure no student slips through the cracks.  "I think we are going to be fine but we are going to make sure we are fine so we are taking a lot of active steps to make sure we don't lose any children along the way," said Dr. Wardynski.

The end goal is making sure every Butler student receives a diploma.

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