Officials: Keeping Paint Rock Valley School open depletes money from other schools

Officials: Keeping Paint Rock Valley School open depletes money from other schools

JACKSON COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - Schools across Jackson County face losing large amounts of capital improvement money if Paint Rock Valley School remains open another year, according to school administrators.

Paint Rock Valley needs a lot of repairs, and school administrators say those repairs can't wait if the school remains open.

"We're going to have to do what we can to fight for this education of our students and the school of Paint Rock," said Mike Sisk.

Sisk supports Paint Rock Valley School. He hopes the board will keep it open.

However, school administrators say Paint Rock Valley needs costly repairs, and if it stays open it will cost massive amounts of money to bring it up to code.

"If it stays open, we will start April 28th, that Friday, signing POs to make sure that happens," said Jackson County School Superintendent Kevin Dukes.

That money will have to come at the expense of other schools, including Woodville, Skyline, Pisgah, Section and potentially every other county school.

"As our 5-year capital plan, some of these projects at all these other schools have going on, they're fixing to get put on the back burner because Paint Rock Valley has been on the back burner," said Dukes.

There are only 77 students in the school, and administrators say it needs to close in the interest of safety.

"If it is voted for Paint Rock Valley to stay open, we're fixing to put money in it to treat those students the same way that the rest of Jackson County is treated," said Dukes.

School officials plan to meet with the public at Paint Rock School next Tuesday at 6 p.m.

The board is expected to vote on the proposal April 27.

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