Capital Plan Announced For BRAC Bond School Improvements In Madison County

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MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) -- We now know how millions of dollars from BRAC bonds will be used in Madison County. Last week the Madison County Commission announced they along with the Madison County Chamber of Commerce, Tennessee Valley BRAC Committee and several local legislators secured millions in BRAC bonds to benefit all three public school systems in the county.

"Prior to this agreement, prior to the commission working their magic, we were only able to borrow $20 million of the available $55.9 million in BRAC money and that was a sad day for us," says superintendent David Copeland. "But through this agreement and through this cooperation we are very appreciative that we're able to qualify."

"We're looking at $175 million in available money to north Alabama with $147 million of that coming to Madison County," says Commission Chairman Dale Strong.

Today the paper work for construction and renovation to alleviate crowding in Madison County was officially signed by Madison County Schools Superintendent Dr. David Copeland and Madison County Commission Chairman Dale Strong.

The plan for the usage of the $55.9 million in bonds available in the Madison County School district are as follows:

First in the capital plan, a new high school in the Monrovia area, grades 9-12.

"The remaining students at Sparkman 9th grade academy would then be moved to Sparkman High School which will become 9th through 12th grades," explains David Copeland, "which will automatically give us an intermediate school in that area without having to build a building."

Next on the priority list says Copeland is the construction of a new intermediate school north of the Lynn Fanning Elementary area, grades 4th through 6th. "That will alleviate a lot of crowding in that area," Copeland contends.

Madison County Elementary is set to receive a new academic building. Fourth on the capital plan is a new 7th and 8th grade wing at Madison County High School. Copeland says these improvements will drastically improve the student and instructor environment.

"Currently we have 47 portable classrooms. We will be down in single digit numbers with classrooms after we make these moves and that's great for kids."

Copeland estimates the timeline for a new high school in the Monrovia area to take approximately two years, but says work will now begin as soon as possible.