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Pike Road makes school announcements


From The Town of Pike Road:

In a press conference at Town Hall Tuesday, September 24th, the Town of Pike Road and the Pike Road Board of Education came together to make four significant announcements regarding the on-going school project. 

After a lengthy review process, the Town of Pike Road recently received a AA credit rating from Standard & Poor's. The rating is an expression of the town's ability to meet its financial obligations in full and on time, and ranks the Town of Pike Road's financial capacity among the likes of Vestavia Hills, Auburn, Tuscaloosa, Gulf Shores and Hoover. A bond rating of this level for a new community is a sign of our accomplishments and a commentary on our financial management practices," said Mayor Gordon Stone.

Gary Greenshields of Infinity Architecture presented a rendering of the front exterior of the first building to be constructed on the initial campus of the Pike Road school system. "This design is the result of years of involvement and input from citizens, said Mayor Gordon Stone. Pike Road citizens can take pride in the knowledge that this facility will allow for all of their goals to be achieved within budget,"

Leon Barkan of Volkert, Inc., addressed the timeline for construction of the initial school facility. The town will accept bids during the month of October and anticipates breaking ground in January 2014 The timeline as presented allows for occupation of the school in the summer of 2015, with classes beginning at the K-8 facility that fall.

Linda Ware, vice president of the Pike Road Board of Education, announced the initiation of the search for the school system's first superintendent and the board's decision to appoint Dr. Ed Richardson to lead that process. Dr. Richardson wilt be assisted by Patty Payne, who has served as the administrator of the Pike Road Education Leadership Council and its predecessor, the Pike Road Education Committee.

In addition, the group announced that the Pike Road Education Leadership Council will host three information sessions during the fall, with a goal of sharing the school design and timeline and answering questions that Pike Road residents have related to the school project. Those events will take place from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. on the following dates:

• Monday, October 28 at Peace Baptist Church on Barnes Road

• Tuesday, November 5 at Pike Road Town Hall

• Thursday, November 7 at the meeting house at The Waters


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