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BRAC funds improving Madison Co. school systems

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Capital improvement projects are funded in part with BRAC money. Capital improvement projects are funded in part with BRAC money.

All three public school systems in Madison County are making progress with some much-needed capital improvement projects funded in part by federal money.

Monday, school officials from the three school districts in Madison County met at the Chamber of Commerce and updated the public on their finalized list of projects. The school districts were given $147 million in Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) funds.

Officials say the money was an exciting opportunity that allowed them to create their future.

"We're very excited about this," said Madison City Superintendent Dr. Dee Fowler.  "This is a wonderful day. We have been looking forward to this for quite a while. This extra money goes towards capital needs." 

Of the $147 million, Huntsville city schools will bring in about $65 million.

"We are beginning to see all the pieces of the puzzle come together," said Huntsville City School Superintendent, Dr. Casey Wardynski.  "Pretty soon people will start to see brick on top of brick at Huntsville high and a high school in the north and elsewhere. They will see the physical manifestation of their commitment to education."

 Madison county schools get $55 million and Madison city schools get $27 million.  Each district is using the money differently, but what it all comes down to is it helps them address issues they have wanted to address for years.  For some school districts it's overcrowding, for other's it is new buildings.

"We will build a new high school in the Sparkman area," said Superintendent of Madison County Schools Dr. David Copeland.  "That will alleviate overcrowding."

County leaders called the money a game changer today.  They said say these pending improvements not only boost our educational system, but also our investment for the future since they play a big role in Madison county's economic growth.

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