Enterprise Junior High to close

Published 04/09 2014 07:15PM

Updated 04/09 2014 08:17PM

Students planning to attend Enterprise Junior High School will now attend another junior high in the district.

The change comes after school board members voted to decommission the school.

"It was going to be more expensive to renovate old Junior.  We have some structural issues, environmental issues that would be quite costly to renovate," said Superintendent Dr. Camille Wright.

School board members voted to close the school and send students to Dauphin Jr. High.

The decision to send ninth graders to Enterprise High School played a role in this change.

"There's a lot of sentiment," Dr. Wright said. “It’s in a beautiful part of town.  The school itself is quite lovely from the outside.”

An engineering firm was hired to conduct a study focusing on school demographics and facilities.

Based on district enrollment numbers and renovation costs, the board decided to move forward with closing the school.

All current 7th graders will move to Dauphin Jr. High, and the school system says no employee will lose their job as a result of the relocation.

"I was at Enterprise Jr. High School for ten and a half years as a principal and came to there from Dothan and have found it to be a wonderful place for students to learn and teachers to teach," said Assistant Superintendent Greg Faught.

He says there are a lot of mixed emotions from school staff members.

"For a long, long time, for the students who have been there and the teachers who have taught there, it’s been a very need-satisfying place.  So, it’s very special to a lot of people," Faught said.

But he says change is not so bad, if it's for the right reasons.

"Change is good, because what we do understand about education and business, and just about every other facet of life, if we don’t change, we get left behind.” said Faught.

Dr. Wright says this will not cause any re-zoning in the district, and the school system will continue maintaining the property until further notice.

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