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The Huntsville City Schools are under the direction of a five-person elected Board of Education, with its powers and duties set by Alabama law. Members of the board are elected to serve four-year terms and each represents a geographic area in the city. Board members appoint the Superintendent, unlike other cities in which the Superintendent runs for elected office. The board meets twice a month.
Discover who your school board or city council representative is by using the City of Huntsville Map Services.
Board meetings are generally held on the third Tuesday of each month.
Work sessions, held on the first Tuesday of each month, are meetings in which the superintendent and administration keep the Board of Education informed and to present information to the BOE for consideration and discussion.
To sign up to speak at a board meeting or work session, please visit the Constituent Services Form.
President - Carlos Mathews is a native to Huntsville Alabama and is a graduate of Huntsville High School. He continued his education at Alabama A&M University, earning a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology. Mr. Mathews has worked for many years in the technology industry and currently owns a small business here in Huntsville, AL. He has served the Huntsville community as a PTA President, a member of the Huntsville City Planning Commission, and is a member of the Huntsville City Schools Policy Committee. He is committed to ensuring that all students in Huntsville City Schools receive the education needed to prepare them for the real world.
|Academy for Academics and Arts Elementary||Pre-K-5, Performing Arts Magnet|
|Academy for Academics and Arts Middle||Grade 6-8, Performing Arts Magnet|
|Columbia High School||Grade 9-12, IB Magnet|
|Highlands Elementary School||Pre-K-6|
|Providence Elementary School||Pre-K-5, IB Magnet|
|Williams Elementary School||Pre-K-5, Gifted & Talented Magnet|
|Williams Middle School||Grade 6-8, Gifted & Talented Magnet|
Vice President - Michelle Watkins is a lifelong resident of Huntsville, Alabama. Upon graduating from James Oliver Johnson High School of the Huntsville City School System, she furthered her education at Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University by completing a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, a Masters of Secondary Education, and an Education Specialist Degree.
She is also a graduate of Leadership Huntsville Focus Class 27 and a Certified Oracle Instructor. Michelle has taught at Johnson High School and J. F. Drake State Technical College and has been actively involved in various community organizations and activities in the Huntsville City and Madison County area. She presided as PTSA President for Johnson High School during its last school year, and has worked with the Junior League of Huntsville, the United Way of Madison County, the City of Huntsville Community Development Citizens Advisory Council, and the Alabama A&M University Youth Motivational Task Force. Currently, Michelle is a Management & Program Analyst for the United States Army Garrison at Redstone Arsenal.
|Academy for Science and Foreign Language Elementary||Pre-K-5, IB Magnet|
|Academy for Science and Foreign Language Middle||Grade 6-8, IB Magnet|
|Dr. Ronald McNair Jr. High||Grade 7-8|
|James I. Dawson Elementary School||Pre-K-6|
|Lakewood Elementary School||Pre-K-6|
|Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School||Pre-K-5|
|Montview Elementary School||Pre-K-5|
|Rolling Hills Elementary School||Pre-K-6|
|Dr. Sonnie Hereford Elementary School||Pre-K-6|
|Dr. Mae Jemison High School||Grade 9-12, College Academy|
Third Presiding Officer - Mr. Renaud is a Huntsville, AL native, graduate of Huntsville High School, and graduate of The University of Alabama where he majored in Political Science with a double minor in Criminal Justice & International Relations. Before starting his career as a Mortgage Loan Originator with Trustmark Bank, he served as the Community Manager for the Relay for Life events under The American Cancer Society. Mr. Renaud also serves on the Planning Commission as an Ex-Officio Member for the City of Huntsville.
Before serving in his role as a member of the Huntsville City Schools Board of Education, Mr. Renaud has been an active member of the Committee of 100, Huntsville Madison County Builders Association, Leadership of Greater Huntsville, The Rotaract Club of Huntsville, and also served on the Board of Advisors for the YMCA. He is committed to supporting HCS administration and ensuring that all five HCS school districts are adequately staffed and tooled with their individual keys to success.
|Huntsville High School||Grade 9-12|
|McDonnell Elementary School||Pre-K-5|
|Morris Elementary School||Pre-K-5|
|Morris Middle School||Grade 6-8|
|Ridgecrest Elementary School||Pre-K-5|
|Whitesburg Elementary School||Pre-K-5|
|Whitesburg Middle School||Grade 6-8|
Holly McCarty was born and raised in Huntsville, Alabama. . After graduating from Grissom High School, Ms. McCarty continued her education at Auburn University. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in English from Auburn. Ms. McCarty also received a Juris Doctorate degree from Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, Alabama. After obtaining her law degree, Ms. McCarty worked as a prosecutor for nine years with the Jefferson County District Attorney’s office.
Ms. McCarty returned to Huntsville in 2005 and began volunteering with the PTA in Huntsville City Schools when her two boys began attending elementary school. She has served in numerous roles within the PTA. Ms. McCarty served as a room mom, PTA Board member, sponsorship Chair, and PTA President several times
In addition to volunteering in the schools, Ms. McCarty has also served in other volunteer positions within the community. She has been on the Huntsville Library Foundation Board for the last 4 years and is the current Chair for that organization. Ms. McCarty is also a founding member and the immediate past Chair of the Women’s Philanthropy Society in Huntsville. Ms. McCarty is also a graduate of Focus Class 39 with Leadership Greater Huntsville.
|Blossomwood Elementary School||Pre-K-6|
|Chapman Elementary School||Pre-K-5|
|Chapman Middle School||Grade 6-8|
|Goldsmith-Schiffman Elementary School||Pre-K-5|
|Hampton Cove Elementary School||Pre-K-5|
|Hampton Cove Middle School||Grade 6-8|
|Huntsville Jr. High School||Grade 7-8|
|Jones Valley Elementary School||Pre-K-6|
|Lee High School||Grade 9-12, Performing Arts Magnet|
|Monte Sano Elementary School||Pre-K-6|
|New Century Technology High School||Grade 9-12, Technology Magnet|
Andrea Alvarez grew up in Huntsville Alabama and is a graduate of Grissom High School. She continued her education at Auburn University, earning a Bachelor of Art in Criminology and later went on to earn a Masters of Science in Information Technology-Cybersecurity from The Florida Institute of Technology .
Ms. Alvarez has previously worked as a Juvenile Probation Officer, a Huntsville Municipal Court Clerk. Ms. Alvarez later switched industries to the defense sector working security and cyber security initiatives. She currently works as a Senior Financial Analyst contracted to the Department of Defense. She has served the Huntsville community as a past member of the HEALS board and current member of the Huntsville Hospital Foundation Board. She has also served as a PTA President and has spent several years on the PTA board at her children’s’ school. Andrea is committed puppy foster for A New Leash on Life and enjoys volunteering for local causes with her 3 children.
|Chaffee Elementary School||Pre-K-5|
|Challenger Elementary School||Pre-K-5|
|Challenger Middle School||Grade 6-8|
|Farley Elementary School||Pre-K-5|
|Grissom High School||Grade 9-12|
|Mountain Gap Elementary School||Pre-K-5|
|Mountain Gap Middle School||Grade 6-8|
|Weatherly Heights Elementary School||Pre-K-5|
The name of this organization shall be the Huntsville City Board of Education.
The object of the organization shall be that which is set forth for city boards of education in the Code of Alabama.
The members shall be elected the fourth Tuesday in August and shall take office according to state statute.
Section 1 - The officers of this Board of Education shall be president, vice president and third presiding officer. The president shall preside at all meetings of the Board. The vice president shall preside in the absence of the president and shall serve as timekeeper. The Board shall elect at third presiding officer to preside in the absence of both the president and vice president and to be timekeeper in the absence of the vice president.
Section 2 - The Superintendent shall be the secretary of the Board as required by state statue. The Board shall designate the treasurer or School Chief Financial Officer as custodian of all funds of the school system.
Section 3 - Officers shall be elected at the annual reorganization meeting.
Section 1 - Regular meetings of the Board of Education shall be the first Thursday and third Thursday of each month in the boardroom of the Annie C. Merts Center unless otherwise ordered by the board.
Section 2 - Special meetings may be called by the president or a majority of the Board. The purpose of the meeting shall be stated in the call. At least 24 hours prior notice shall be given unless the meeting is deemed an emergency.
Section 3 - A majority of the Board shall constitute a quorum.
Constituent Services establishes an opportunity for the Board of Education (BOE) to listen to constituent concerns and suggestions. As part of Constituent Services, Citizens Comments will be heard on the day of the first regularly scheduled Work Session of each month and prior to the Work Session.
Section 1 - Citizen Comments will not be heard in connection with other board meetings, including special called board meetings.
Section 2 - Citizens of Huntsville, AL, parents and guardians of a child enrolled in Huntsville City Schools, and Huntsville City Schools' employees that desire to address the Board will provide the Superintendent with written notice of their request to speak no later than seventy-two (72) hours prior to the work session. The reason for requesting to appear shall be included in full detail in the written request, and shall also contain the requester’s full name and residential street address. The goal in providing advance notice and full details is to allow the Superintendent and BOE opportunity to be proactive in addressing an issue.
Board Comments establish an opportunity for each board member to share highlights of one’s activity as a board member and/or other communications. Board Comments will be held at the first regularly scheduled Work Session of each month and upon completion of the business of the Work Session.
Board Comments will not be heard in connection with other board meetings, including special called board meetings.
Board Comments shall not exceed three minutes.
The committees of the Board shall be appointed by the president if they are considered necessary to carry on the work of the Board. The Superintendent shall be an ex officio member of all committees.
Special committees may be constituted at any time by action of a majority of the Board or the president. Members shall be appointed by the president. At the time a special committee is created, its mission shall be specifically established by action of the Board or by the president. In creating such special committees, the president shall specify the time within which the committee is to make their findings of fact and/or their recommendations for the consideration of the Board. The committee is discharged by the Board's acceptance of its report unless otherwise determined. The superintendent shall be ex officio a member of all committees.
The rules contained in the current edition of Roberts’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised shall govern the Board in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with state statute, these bylaws, and any special rules of order the Board my adopt.
Amendment of Bylaws
These bylaws may be amended at any regular meeting of the Board of Education by a two-thirds vote of the Board, provided the amendment shall have been discussed and submitted in writing at the previous regular meeting.
*or in the absence of the president or vice president, the third presiding officer
The Board of Education desires to operate with the highest standards of stewardship and principles of public service possible and to that end the board adopts this Code of Conduct to provide that members of this public governing board will:
As required by the School Board Governance Improvement Act of 2012, I do hereby affirm all of the following principles of educational governance: