Parking Shortage Solution for Huntsville High Students

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Some Huntsville High School students may have a hard time finding parking spaces on Monday, when the school will be nearly 100 spaces short of what it usually has available.

Construction of the school's new ninth-grade academy is underway, and a large chunk of the school's parking lot was overtaken during the summer.

"In order to compensate for that we've made an agreement with the City of Huntsville to get 100 spaces at the Mayfair Park parking lot," explains system Operations Director Jeff Wilson.

Mayfair Park is just two blocks south of campus on Thornton Avenue.

"We are prepared to start running buses in the morning and in the afternoon to facilitate those 100 students to get to and from school."

Wilson says the school confirmed with the City of Huntsville the busing location will not interfere with any sports practices.

Principal Mark Mincher says it will take about a week to hash out which students will need to participate in the busing program.

"So we ask all of the people associated with Huntsville High to be patient, to pay attention to the Huntsville high website and communications from the Huntsville High leaders and they'll be told how this is going to work."

The freshman academy is part of the district's plans for $194 million in construction projects designed to deliver more equitable academic programs and facilities to students across the city. Besides the academy, the plans include two new high schools, a new middle school, a new P-8 school and a new elementary school and relocation of one of the district's magnet schools.

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