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School Board approves BRAC funding agreement

The funds will be used to build a new high school in Monrovia. The funds will be used to build a new high school in Monrovia.
MADISON COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

The Madison County School Board approved the BRAC funding agreement with the county Monday night, which means they will receive $55.9-million.

The funds will be used to build a new high school in Monrovia.

While one board member is against the plan, the superintendent said it is a good move and will allow them to eventually get rid of portable classrooms.

"They're quick, they're cheap to get in, and you can deal with overcrowding. They're not safe, they're not conducive to learning, and I'm thrilled to be able to get rid of most all of our portable classrooms," said Dr. David Copeland.

"The operating cost of running another school falls on the burden of us. A lot of the operating cost the state doesn't reimburse us," said school board member, David Vess.

Dr. Copeland said the money will be used to build a new intermediate school and add an academic building to the Madison County Elementary School.

Madison County School leaders have designated the money to achieve several goals in their capital improvement plan to be rolled out over the next three years.

A brand new high school in the Monrovia area is set to be built to help alleviate overcrowding at Sparkman High School, opening by 2016.

The freshmen building at Sparkman high will be turned into an intermediate school.

Also, a new intermediate school in is set to go up on Moore's Mill, near Lynn Fanning Elementary School.

A new academic building at Madison County Elementary School as well as a new wing for 7th and 8th graders at Madison County High.

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