Progress Moving Along on New Enterprise High School

By Daniel Curtis - bio | email

Enterprise, Ala. (WSFA) -- 19 months ago a tornado destroyed Enterprise High School and killed eight students.

Now there is progress at the new school with a little help from a generous donation.

The site of the new Enterprise high school is getting busier each day.

Enterprise city schools will begin accepting bids for the construction of the new school on November 7th.

Superintendant Dr. James Reese says the final amount for funding isn't set.

However, a local group is hoping their recent donation can help with the rebuilding.  The Bobby Harrel and Jimmy Bowden foundations along with Ronnie Gilley Entertainment presented Dr. Reese with over $32,000 to help with funding of the new high school.

The money was raised through tickets proceeds during the Bama Jam music festival earlier this year.

"We are certainly appreciative of their concerns and their efforts," said Dr. Reese.

The new high school will be located near the intersection of Boll Weevil Circle and Main Street.

Dr. Reese says the school is scheduled to be completed in August of 2010.

Currently site work is being done so when the contractor begins construction they'll be able to start right away.

"Everybody in the community is so anxious to get this construction started and so are we," said Dr. Reese.

Work is also underway in Enterprise on a new Hillcrest Elementary, which was also destroyed in the tornado.

It's set to open next school year.