Phil Campbell High School classes to shift off-campus when students return


Construction at Phil Campbell High School nears completion.

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PHIL CAMPBELL, Ala. (WHNT) – For three years the Franklin County Board of Education has tried to get Phil Campbell High School rebuilt after a tornado decimated it in 2011.

With classes set to begin in just three weeks, the worry has turned to it not being ready to house students and teachers.

While construction nears the end on a $20-million high school, there’s a bit of a snag.
Principal Gary Odom said the school will be ready three weeks after classes start back.

Once again, the town of Phil Campbell is banding together.

“For the past three years, since the tornado, they have worked hard to do anything that we needed to do, and just to help us in any way they could. At this phase of the game we need all the help we can get,” stated Odom.

To get more than 350 students and teachers back to class, Phil Campbell churches are opening their doors to the school.

Odom said they were faced with very few options, and they just couldn’t delay the opening of school.

“It’s going to be hard on our students, our teachers for the first three weeks,” explained Odom, “but our churches are going to let us use their facilities and we’re going to have school.”

Odom says they are confident the new high school will be ready for students to enter its doors when they come back from the Labor Day holiday.

Franklin County School System officials said contractors are still more than six months ahead of the projected completion date in early 2015.

The portable classrooms students were using the past two school years had to be removed in June to allow construction to continue through the summer.

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