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"We're here before you to humbly request permission to reassign some of the moneys."

That's how Tuscaloosa County School Superintendent Elizabeth Swinford began her request in front of the Tuscaloosa County Commission Wednesday morning.

Swinford told commissioners about $6 million remains from the temporary one cent sales tax.

That's not enough for a new Northport Middle School that had been planned and approved by the Commission.

But it could help renovate another school for kids at the Sprayberry Center and lay the groundwork for a new Holt High.

Holt Principal Rachel McDaniel claims her students face a stigma by attending the oldest school in Tuscaloosa County.

"It says without verbally stating that you aren't as worthy as other students. You've been in the same building for seventy something years and they have these new facilities so it automatically gives them the impression they're less," she told Fox6 News.

They've painted over some problem spots.

But other issues like paint in some room and mold in their boiler room remain according to McDaniel.

Tuscaloosa County commissioner Reginald Murray voiced concern that Tuscaloosa County High school, built for 2,200 students but only used by 1,500 students, has too many unused rooms.

That started a heated debate among County commissioners about their role in where schools are built.

"What we can't be is dictating where to build schools, how big the schools can be and how much money to spend. That's not a roll that a county commission should be made with," Commission Chairman Hardy McCollum said.

A majority of commissioners supported Swinford's recommendation.

She believes the decision help a Holt community still reeling from damage caused by the April 27, 2011 tornado.

"This will just shine a bright light upon that community and give them hope and bring back pride to that whole community," she said.

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