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IP closure halts plans for Lawrence Co. school projects

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Superintendent Grimes said nearly $10 million in projects cannot move forward. Superintendent Grimes said nearly $10 million in projects cannot move forward.
LAWRENCE COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

Lawrence County Schools will be putting $10 million worth of projects on the back-burner. School leaders said it is in direct relation to the International Paper mill closure.

The $10 million was to fund multiple projects that have been discussed for months or longer. The district said it is all part of the trickle-down effect the mill closure is having on the area.

Superintendent Heath Grimes said they were looking at adding a 34-classroom addition to Moulton Elementary School, saying some of the school is falling apart. Unfortunately, he said, they do not think the funds will be there.

Other projects coming to a halt include upgrades to the gym, field house and athletic complexes across several schools in the district.

Grimes said knowing the mill is closing has crushed the area because so many people, businesses and departments depend on those jobs and the taxes that come with them.

"It's not just the parents at IP," said Grimes. "What about those that have the logging companies, the mechanics for all the trucks, the credit union that sits beside the plant?"

The one project that will move forward is the new Lawrence County High School gymnasium that was destroyed during a storm last year.

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