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Huntsville schools, city unveil plans for central office, career tech academy

HUNTSVILLE — A new central office and career & technical education academy are coming to North Huntsville, the city and Huntsville City Schools announced Friday.

The facility will be at the intersection of North Memorial Parkway and Max Luther Drive. The 14-acre property was donated by the city to the school system.

“We are grateful and we are committed to being good stewards of this gift which will ultimately benefit 23,000 students and this community,” Schools Superintendent Christie Finley said at Friday’s announcement. “At this new center, we will be able to increase student participation, increase partnerships, expand program opportunities, and ultimately help build our workforce here in Huntsville.”

Huntsville city and school officials share news about new central office and career tech center. (Huntsville City Schools Photo)

Construction is expected to begin within the next year and completion is scheduled for summer 2025. The district is planning to move into the new central office and for students to begin the school year at the new facility during the fall 2025 semester.

“From the research labs at Hudson Alpha to the production lines at Toyota, preparing today’s students to meet the challenges of tomorrow is critical to our success,” said Mayor Tommy Battle. “We’re excited to donate this property because strong administrative leadership, combined with a world-class career tech program, will produce positive impacts far beyond Max Luther Drive.

“No matter where these young men and women launch their careers, they can proudly say they are the products of Huntsville City Schools.”

The city will also donate $1 million to the school district for reimbursement when the project is completed. The school system will provide the city with $100 at closing for the purchase as part of the agreement. The land will be declared as surplus property at closing.

More than 5,000 students are enrolled in the nearly 20 career tech programs.

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