4 Morgan County schools could get more classrooms within the next year
By Bayne Hughes
If the Morgan County school board concurs, Lacey’s Spring School and Danville-Neel, Priceville and West Morgan elementaries will get classroom additions within the next year.
The school board’s capital project committee met Tuesday to set priorities that it will propose to the board in September. Finance Director Rodger Spillers projects the school system will get about $6.1 million from a bond issue approved by the state Legislature.
The committee quickly agreed that a crack in Lacey’s Spring’s foundation is the top priority. Director of Maintenance and Transportation Bruce Kimbrell said the crack is not a safety issue, but needs correcting for $50,000.
Priceville Elementary is No. 2 on the list because of the growth that the town is experiencing.
Just five days into the school year, the school already has 73 more students than it did last year and the building is full.
The committee and school board would like to build a junior high to relieve crowding at the high school/junior high and elementary school buildings but that wouldn’t leave any money to correct growth and facilities issues in other parts of the county. The elementary school would get a $750,000 addition of six classrooms.
Although not quite three years old, West Morgan Elementary already has three portable classrooms.
The school is No. 3 on the list, although the committee isn’t sure how many classes will be needed because Decatur wants to annex a portion of the school’s zone.
If the annexation goes through, the committee suggested the board would build four classrooms; but if it doesn’t, the school would get six.
Lacey’s Spring also has one portable. Principal Paul Rogers asked for six junior high classrooms, but, after discussion, the committee decided the $750,000 addition would be four classrooms and a library. The existing library would become two classrooms.
Danville-Neel is in the proposal for four classrooms and an air-conditioning system expansion for $600,000.
Other priorities focus on ailing air-conditioning systems at Brewer High and Falkville Elementary and roofs at Falkville and Priceville high schools.
The committee proposed replacing the Danville Middle School bleachers and auxiliary generators for the waste-treatment facilities at Brewer, Cotaco School and Danville High School.
The committee did not complete its five-year priority list and will meet again Aug. 28 at 4 p.m. to discuss the remaining four years.
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