Organizers say there was no better place to hold this morning’s meeting than outside the new Sonnie Hereford Elementary School. Hereford paved the way for educational equality in Huntsville and Alabama during the 60s. This group says it’s trying to do the same.
Huntsville City Schools has yet another battle on its hands.
“We are saying right now, the school system is not being involved with the community or not transparent with the community, ” said Pastor T.C. Johnson.
This group of pastors, community leaders and parents is asking to represent minority children and teachers with claims of discrimination.
“We had 3 parties coming to the table, we now only have 2 parties coming to the table, ” said Dr. Montgomery.
The Justice Department and Huntsville City Schools make up two of the parties. The third was represented by Dr. Sonnie Hereford, III, which is now said to be inadequate because Hereford’s children are no longer in the district.
“We have no representation by way of our present board member, ” said Dr. Montgomery.
There is the Desegregation Advisory Committee. It hosts public meetings during the school year to get feedback.
Dr. Montgomery said, “They may or may not respond to what we submit to them. To come into the community, to have a representative that is physically located here. That’s what you need.”
Paul Proctor is a father and plaintiff in the case and says he had issues with a superintendent transfer.
“Breaking down the barriers that do exist, the lack of communication, the lack of representation, ” said Proctor.
His son will now attend a new school this upcoming year.
The group says it’s looking for more than just names on new schools.