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Madison County school board approves purchase of land for new high school

MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – The Madison County Board of Education authorized superintendent David Copeland to purchase land for a new high school in the Monrovia area Thursday night.

According to a Madison County spokesperson, the land is located at the corner of Pine Grove Road and Pettus Road, across the street from Legacy Elementary School.

It’s a huge step forward in a plan that’s been in the works for years.

As the search was on for the perfect stretch of land, Copeland say’s safety was a top priority.

“The accessibility for parents and students, and the safety issue is huge for us. So, we’re addressing all those issues, and that’s why it’s taking longer than we had anticipated.”

It’s also not the Madison County School Board’s first choice.  There were safety concerns and community outrage on their first proposed location on Highway 53 in Toney.

However with a location in the books, the hope is that the new high school will alleviate overcrowding at Sparkman High.

County Commission Chair Dale Strong is excited the plans are moving forward.

“We are proud that the school board did exactly what they said they would do to help with the overcrowding at Sparkman High. I am elated with the cooperation between commissioners and the school board to scrape together every dollar available for this project. It will greatly benefit the community.”

Strong is also referring to the $55.9 million in BRAC funding that helped the district to move forward with the new high school.

They say they will get started on design plans as soon as possible. School board members hope to open the new high school in fall 2016.

WHNT News 19 will bring you updates to this story when more details about the purchase are made available.

10 comments

  • Holly

    Interesting timing. Been waiting for nearly three years and now it gets announced 5 days prior to the run-off. Wonder what political favors will be handed out in exchange for this gift to the Massey campaign?

  • Concerned Citizen

    Wonder how much surrounding land Dale Strong owns? What’s wrong with the property the Board has already purchased for this high school on Highway 53? Ask the hard questions channel 19!!!!!!!!

    • Tim

      Believe it or not Dale Strong does not own any of the land around the new location but several of his friends do.

  • Krymfiter

    Concerned Citizen, you obviously don’t have children in school.. A new school built on 53? Are you kidding me?? That’s a death trap waiting to happen!

  • Tim

    BAD DECISION!!!! There is already a school on Pine Grove and the roads leading to it are 2 lane. So why build another school in an area that presently cannot handle the traffic. I wonder how much thought goes into these decisions.

  • Corrie

    Very glad to see some progress. It’s been a long time coming and I hope it continues. A large portion of the community that feeds the Monrovia Middle School is in favor of this location and I’m for one very glad to see this area of Monrovia grow.

  • Matthew

    That’s great! NOT! My neighborhood backs up to this property and my kids won’t get to go to school their because it is a County School and not zoned for the city!

  • ADX

    Does Dale Strong, his family or business associates own any of this property? We have a right to know.

  • Dawn

    Yes, I’m sure who owns the land has a lot to do w/this. Traffic in the Monrovia area w/all the 2-lane roads is already a nightmare! We live about 3 miles from the middle school & the whole process can take 30 minutes already. The Hwy 53 plan would have been much less expensive, and the current road widening, new stoplights, etc, could handle the traffic much better than Monrovia – which already has 6 schools creating traffic in the mornings to deal with, along with the morning rush. UGH! Thank you Dale Strong for using your position to put your buddies and your own personal interests above those of the community who elected you.

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