Last night various members of the Huntsville City Council and the City, and Walker County Commissioners, met with the HISD Board of Trustees for a joint workshop to discuss a long-range facilities plan.
The plan calls for an approximate $55 to $60 million dollar facilities change and new construction with a projected rise in the I&S tax rate from 17 to 34 or 36 cents.
The proposed upgrade is not because of overcrowding but woefully inadquate, behind-the-times facilities. Superintendent Johnson comments . . . .
The new plan would entail having two elementary schools instead of four, constructing a new middle school, and improving athletic facilities at Huntsville High School. Gibbs Pre-K and Scott Johnson Elementary would be demolished. Mance Park Middle School would turn into the new District Administration and Support Services building. Huntsville Elementary and Huntsville Intermediate would be made full-day Pre-K through 2nd grade facilities. Samuel Walker Houston Elementary and Stewart Elementary would be changed to grades 3 through 5.
A consensus of joint workshop participants seem to be that people are choosing not to move to Huntsville because of the condition of the school facilities, and growth is needed to increase the tax base of a county that is occupied by much state-owned property.
Trustee Sam Moak addressed the issue . . . .
A community forum on the facilities plan is slated for February 14th at 6 PM.