PIKE ROAD, AL (WSFA) - More good news for the town of Pike Road. Monday town and school leaders made announcements concerning the expansion of Pike Road School.
The town purchased the original historic Pike Road School near Wallahatchee Road. The facility is ready to undergo renovations that will cost about $5 million. Leaders also say the school will be adding modular classrooms outside the new school to help address the growth in student population as a temporary solution. The Trotman family also donated land which will serve as Patriot Park, home to an athletics facility and performing arts center.
We reached out to parents to find out how they feel about the changes coming to the school system. To say parents are excited about the Pike Road school additions, may be an understatement.
"The sky is the limit," said John Louder.
He and his wife Tracy are proud parents of three children at Pike Road School. As residents of the town for the past 18 years when they saw the major growth spurt, they admit they had their concerns.
"We really exceeded the expectations of what the student count was going to be," reflected John.
Rebecca Bloodworth, parent of two children at the school added, "People are tending to move to Pike Road wanting to go to this school, and we definitely need more space."
The expansion will incorporate history, which parents believe is the perfect answer to spacial challenge.
"It's exciting that they know these people who went to the school," said Bloodworth speaking of the children. "The school has been in non-existence for years but we are going to renovate it and re-open the doors."
"I think it's really cool they are able to draw in items from the historic Pike Road into the new future," claimed John Coley who has two sons at the school.
Of course no school system is really complete without athletics and the arts, which is why parents said Patriot Park is a great solution.
"It's for the town of Pike Road, not just the school so that's another added bonus," said Bloodworth.
Parents said it's been a collaborative effort between the town and the school to make this dream a reality. They believe it brings to life the old saying, "it takes a village to raise a child."
"It takes the community, the school the parents, the neighbors, the church, everybody coming together," said Bloodworth.
Leaders told WSFA 12 News Patriot Park will be completed through phases. The first phase involves developing a football field. There is no defined timeline on when the shovel will hit the ground for the park.
Pike Road residents will likely be asked to help in the financial aspect of the Patriot Park project, organizers right now are considering several fundraising projects.