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Huntsville City Schools look to shed desegregation order

Published 6:26pm Thursday, April 25, 2013

By Aldo Amato

Staff Reporter

HUNTSVILLE — Huntsville City Schools asked the Department of Justice to be removed from a 43-year-old desegregation order.

The revelation came at an April 25 Huntsville City Schools executive session. School Board President Laurie McCaulley said the system asked the Department of Justice to remove them from the order that has been in place since 1970.

School system attorney J.R. Brooks met with representatives from the Department of Justice and the NAACP to discuss the possible break. However there was no confirmation if a deal was reached with the department.

Calls to Brooks’ office for comment were not immediately returned.

The board in the past has unsuccessfully tried to cut ties with the Department of Justice order citing that there was still too much racial inequality in the system. Huntsville City Schools’ Dr. Casey Wardynski, who is in his second year as school superintendent, made it a priority to break away from the order.

One of the primary reasons that Wardynski aims to shed the federal order is that it gives Huntsville City Schools more room to expand and rezone. Recently, Grissom High School in South Huntsville has been the focus of relocation.

Any decisions to move, relocate or break away from federal ordinances must be made with the Department of Justice.

McCaulley did not have much to say on the ongoing talks and only said “we thought the meeting was helpful and that there was progress.”

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