Madison County Schools Temporarily Stops Construction Of New High School

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Construction on Madison County's new high school has stopped for now.

Superintendent Doctor David Copeland told WHNT NEWS 19 the site of the new school will be quiet for a couple of reasons. One deals with something beyond anyone's control and the other comes down to lawmakers.

Contractors have tested the dirt and made measurements at the site of Madison County's new high school, but say the school will not open on time.

"The school will not open in the fall of 2013 due to the rainy season we've experienced," said Dr. Copeland.

Dr. Copeland says now is a good time for construction crews to take a break as the school system waits to see what state lawmakers do to the BRAC bill.

Madison County Schools did not qualify for any of the bill's capital funding when it passed in 2010.

The district's chief finical officer hopes lawmakers will change a requirement for school districts to find matching funds through higher taxes.

"It's a huge difference for us because we would qualify for the capital money and it could change the project entirely," said Karen O'Bannon.

O'Bannon says the money could total $10 - $60 million dollars.

The district's operations manager believes it makes sense to wait things out.

"As soon we know know what happens on BRAC, then we will know what size building we will build. We have several phases of that building that we want to finish out. The more money we have, the more we can do. We need that question answered before put that bid out to do the mass-grading," said Kerry Wilkerson.

Wilkerson told WHNT NEWS 19 construction of the new school should resume in six weeks.

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