Huntsville City School Board Approves Rezoning Plan; Dept. Of Justice Opposes

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - The Huntsville City Board of Education approved the proposed rezoning plan for the Huntsville City School districts. The NAACP did not oppose the rezoning plan, but the Department of Justice did.

Huntsville City Schools will file a motion in District Court Friday asking for approval of the proposed rezoning.

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Superintendent Casey Wardynski presented the proposal last month in an effort to increase diversity. The plan calls for the closure of some old schools and the building of several new ones. It's part of the district's effort to get out from under a 1963 desegregation order.

"We think our plan is, the key word here is 'practical,' meaning, we can do it, we can sustain it, and it'll achieve the desired outcomes," said Wardynski, after Thursday's meeting.

Wardynski touted the district's proposed feeder pattern, that would simplify the current pattern by having elementary schools feed into one middle school and, in most cases, one high school, so students graduate with the same students they started first grade with.

See the proposed zoning lines on this interactive map.

Several parents attended Thursday evenings School Board meeting and say they appreciate the work the school district has done to try to simply the feeder programs.

"I like simplicity and after seeing the DOJ's plan and the school districts, it's clear the district plan will be easier for parents and the kids,"  Elizabeth Fleming told WHNT News 19 Thursday.

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"As we transition, what I'm asking everybody is to... come on, we've got 18 months.. come on board.. if you've got some concerns, have some solutions and let's see if we can make those happen and let's really make this a positive experience and we have 18 months to make it happen," said Board President David Blair.

Board members say the district's plan includes more than just rezoning. It also includes policies concerning academics and discipline, among other things.

See our coverage from the various school visits:
-Butler High School, Feb. 4
-Johnson High School, Feb. 3
-Lee High School, Jan. 30

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