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Pike Road passes resolution establishing school system and BOE

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PIKE ROAD, AL (WSFA) - Before an audience of teachers, parents, and Pike Road residents, Mayor Gordon Stone along with six other town council members announced Pike Road would soon have a school.

"It provides us with great responsibility, but it provides us more than anything else with wonderful opportunity."

But it couldn't have happened without a few other things, first.

The town had to meet a state requirement of 5,000 residents to start a school system. Stone announced the latest census report confirmed that.

But, they also needed a way to pay for it.

Thanks to an agreement reached between the city of Montgomery and Pike Road on a longtime boundary dispute, Pike Road will receive half of the sales tax revenues from the Chantilly Parkway Home Depot, Wal-Mart, and future Lowe's store.

"I think it's going to be great for Pike Road," says resident, Mary Gregory.

She's anxious to give her kids a public education in a brand new environment.

"Knowing that this is going to be moving forward and it's a little bit ways down the road, but that's ok. Taking time to get it done right, that's going to be much more important."

But there's one thing stressed by both town leaders and residents when it comes to their relationship with Montgomery.

"There's certainly not the sense that Pike Road is trying to break away and be its own entity, and clearly the two groups want to act like neighbors, so it's great," adds Gregory.

"I think this is the opportunity for us to truly look for ways that we can work together," adds Stone.

The school is expected to open in 2015. Right now plans are for Kindergarten through 8th grade with a high school a few years later. Thanks to a land donation, the new school will be located in The Waters development.

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