School Board President Talks Of Building Two New Decatur High Schools


Decatur School Board President Karen Duke (Photo: Al Whitaker, WHNT News 19)

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DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) - The Decatur School Board plans to replace both of its aging high schools. Next month, the board will decide on an architech for both facilities.

"And it's going to be a difficult decision," says Decatur City School Board President Karen Duke. She says they have a daunting task before them. Next month, the board will set the stage for the construction of two new high schools.

"It's very important to me to make sure the academic area is awesome. That's where I want to make sure that we focus our attention," Duke told WHNT News 19. She says it's equally important to set aside areas for the arts, athletics and hands-on instruction in the non-traditional subjects that attract and hold a student's interests.

"That's very important. It was important to our families and it's important to a lot of families in Decatur," Duke said.

The board heard presentations from 4 different architectural firms Thursday, each with their own unique experiences and ideas for how the board and the school system should move forward. Next month, this school board will have to make some critical decisions regarding the future of education in Decatur.

All 4 of the architectural firms are based in Alabama, two in Huntsville. All have experience designing and leading the construction of schools.