Trussville mulls building 2 new elementary schools

Trussville mulls building 2 new elementary schools

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A graphic rendering of one of the proposed schools. Source: WBRC video A graphic rendering of one of the proposed schools. Source: WBRC video
TRUSSVILLE, AL (WBRC) -

Trussville City Schools are considering whether they should build two new elementary schools.

The board is expected to vote on the issue May 20. Superintendent Dr. Pattie Neill says the plan before the board now is in its third draft. She says the need for new schools is overwhelming and believes the plan is one the community reached together.

The board had discussed building on large school that could accomodate 800 to 1,000 students but after hearing from the community, a new plan came to light. Now, the board is considering two smaller schools that can hold 400 students each but have room to expand.

One school could be built near the Glenn Ross subdivision and the second could be a renovation project. Workers would renovate the old Hewitt High School and add new wings.

Each school would cost around $9 million to complete and funding them could come down to a bond referendum and mean increased property taxes.

Neill says one neighborhood association, the mayor and the city council have written letters of support for the current plan. She says it's a good sign for the project.

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