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Officials break ground on new Priceville High

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Students from all grade levels joined Morgan Co. officials in breaking ground on the new high school. Students from all grade levels joined Morgan Co. officials in breaking ground on the new high school.
PRICEVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Morgan County school system officials broke ground for the future Priceville High School Tuesday.

The school will be built on Bethel Road. The nearly $25 million estimated construction cost is being paid for with bond money. The superintendent said this is about more than just getting a new, state-of-the-art facility.

The current Priceville High School is bursting at the seams. The growth in that area means that situation would only get worse over time, but he said in short time, the new high school will be ready for students.

During the ceremonial groundbreaking, students from kindergarten through high school grabbed shovels and started moving dirt. It has been a long time since Morgan County has built a new high school, and the superintendent said this one is essential to match projections of population growth in Priceville.

Dr. Bill Hopkins said Tuesday marked a great day for the school system and future generations of students.

"We have an overcrowding issue at the high school right now. With the growth they're having in this area, if we don't do something now, we'll have to bring in trailers in the next few years," he said.

Officials expect the new Priceville High to be open by Fall 2015 with a 900 student capacity, which can be increased to 1,200.

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