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New School Planned for Autauga County

Allen Woodfin Allen Woodfin

Allen Woodfin, 94, has called his Pine Level farm home since 1943.

For 64 years, a portion of the land stood untouched, but when Autauga County administrators needed a location for a new multimillion dollar high school, Woodfin offered it up.

"I felt like it was time for me to give something back when I could," he explained.

Superintendent Larry Butler jumped at the chance, drafting a plan for a $15 million complex.  The building would sit on Route 31, between Marbury High School and Pine Level Elementary.

With subdivisions sprouting around town, Butler says a new high school is what this bustling community needs.

"The growth of the area is one of the things that's driving the picture here," he said.

The addition of a new school means shuffling of students around the area, making Marbury High a middle school, and Pine Level Elementary a "K-5" school.  

Some local parents say that's a good idea.

"We'll have more room. More teachers, more room.  It's kind of getting a little overcrowded," said Deborah Roach, a mother and Pine Level resident.

With close to 60 acres purchased for the project, administrators stress--there's always room to expand.

"We wanted to make sure that we got the most for the kids that we could," Butler explained.

In a few years, Allen Woodfin's field will be filled up.

By selling the land for one-third of the usual asking price, he says he'll be happy with the change.

"I wasn't trying to be a big wheeler.  The county has been good to me and I wanted to give something back," Woodfin said.

 

Reporter:  Cody Holyoke

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