Enterprise City School Board petitions city for funds

Published 06/11 2014 07:35PM

Updated 06/11 2014 09:26PM

The Enterprise City School Board looked at their facilities and other needs for the next two decades, including upgrades, safety and security features.

They also looked at what it would take to create a 21st century learning environment.

"It's going to take the amount that I talked about today, about 26 million dollars to do those things that we feel like we need to do for our students to make them competitive in a global environment," said Enterprise City Schools Superintendent Dr. Camille Wright.

School board members say the project calls for some schools to be decommissioned and for some old facilities to be replaced with new ones.

Wright says they have ten million dollars to bring to the table, and they're asking the city for the remainder.

They're also asking the city to forgive a $550,000.00 obligation.

Base realignment and closure (BRAC) and military reviews play a major role in this request. 

"One of the things that they look at is the quality of the schools in the area.  So when they're moving schools to the area, they're going to say can they provide for the people who are going to move in, and the people who are going to move in will take a look at the quality of the schools."

"Learning and knowing that our superintendent and school board want to get us into the 21st century, it means a great deal to us,” said Enterprise Mayor Kenneth Boswell.  “Because, the fact of the matter is, great education means a great deal to the citizens of our town."

He says there's a lot to consider before the city can make a decision.

"It's something that we'll most definitely take into strong consideration.  There are still a lot of questions to be asked.  We like to do our due diligence, as we like to do when there's any request,” Boswell said.

The school board says the project will help save on maintenance costs in the long run, and they say those funds can be used toward other expenses.

There’s no word on when the city plans to make a final decision on the request, but the school board is hoping to make some changes by next summer. 

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