Update On New School Construction For Montgomery County

Published: Dec. 8, 2009 at 9:48 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 9, 2009 at 3:34 AM CST
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The weather may be wet and gloomy, but it's all sunshine for local school officials, excited that the new Bellingrath Junior High School is on schedule to be finished in time to welcome 800 children next fall.

"Bellingrath is actually a little ahead of schedule because they have reached the point where they can work inside and do the interior work," said Montgomery County Public School Officer Tom Salter.

Bellingrath is costing a little more than $21 million to build. A few blocks away more than $36 million for the new Carver High School. It too is set to open next fall, big enough for 1,200 students.

The new schools are being built because the old ones have simply become too old to repair, parts of them built in the 1940s and '50s. The old Carver High School will be torn down. No word yet on the future of the old Bellingrath Junior High School.

Tom Salter says while the city and county borrowed the money to have the schools built, both governments along with the school district are paying the loans back over a 20 year period.

Construction on the new schools started a year ago.

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