DECATUR, Ala. - This is the first school year Decatur City Schools is operating under new superintendent Dan Brigman.
He enters the district wanting to incorporate workforce development and career technical education into two ongoing projects.
"We have been very blessed in the Decatur City Schools system to have received the funding and the support to construct two new comprehensive high schools," said Brigman.
A new Decatur High School is under construction not far from its current location. After sharing a football field with Austin High for more than five decades, that time is coming to an end.
"We're building a new Austin High School that will have self-contained facilities including a football field," explained Brigman.
Both of the new schools are slated for a summer 2018 opening.
After the move, the district has big plans for Austin High's current campus.
"We're looking at various programs to create another option or opportunity for our students to create more dual enrollment opportunities with Calhoun Community College and Athens State University," Brigman said.
Students district-wide will have access to the multipurpose campus.
As the district pushes for workforce development and internships, they also plan for business incubators on the campus to bring students in.
"It's our charge to focus on the career and college promise that we owe every child in our care."