MADISON, Ala. – The Madison City School District released a preliminary re-zoning map and is encouraging parents to give feedback about the proposed change to the district.
The need for rezoning comes along with continued growth and a new elementary school is scheduled to open in the fall of 2021.
The Madison City School district averages about 300 to 400 new students a year, spread out among the districts 11 schools. MCS says that the new Midtown Elementary will open with 840 students.
“And so several years ago a new elementary school was brought online. Midtown that will be open in the fall of ’21,” says superintendent Dr. Ed Nichols.
The new Midtown Elementary will accommodate new students moving to the district, and students from West Madison Elementary School, which will transition to a pre-k, school.
“So that’s why we’re rezoning because we have a new school coming online that’s larger in capacity than the school it will replace,” says Dr. Nichols.
Nichols says the rezoning will impact all of the district.
“We did try our best as much as possible to align our areas with their nearest school. We can’t do that in every case. We have some western boundary areas that we’ve got to zone on the eastern side of our school district to keep both side of our school district supportive and equal,” explains Nichols.
But the district is considering future growth in hopes to avoid rezoning in the near future.
“We’re looking five to seven years down the road at where those areas are where new homes, apartments have already been committed but maybe haven’t been built yet,” says Nichols.
Madison residents passed a 12-mil property tax increase for Madison city schools in 2019 aimed primarily at increasing revenue for new school construction.
“It’s my understanding that when they voted for that they were told it would cause a new school so they knew probably when they got a new school hey this is going to cause some rezoning to happen,” says Nichols.
Nichols is encouraging parents to give feedback to their rezoning proposal.
“No one wants to be rezoned. No one wants to have to move their child to a new school when they’ve been in a school so I know that we will be address with some of those concerns,” says Nichols.
The school prepared a page on their website to share the proposed elementary rezoning plan and for the public to provide your feedback.
The feedback link will close on Monday, March 1. The school says they will review the feedback submitted and hold a public meeting in March.
Madison City Schools say that later in March, they intend to release the proposed middle school rezoning plan.