MCPSS Seeks 23 Million For Murphy High School Renovation

MCPSS Seeks 23 Million For Murphy High School Renovation

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Construction continues at historic Murphy High School, nearly four months after a tornado came barreling through on Christmas day.

"We've got about 80 percent of the roofs complete," Tommy Sheffield, the executive manager of operations with Mobile County Public Schools.

A new coat of paint is being applied, most of the windows have been fixed, as well as a new air conditioning unit. Sheffield says the school will be up and running in time for the new school year.

"We'll move back as a school and staff. The teachers and principal will be back this summer," said Sheffield.

After repairs are complete, the school system hopes to start the renovation process. Asking the state for 23 million dollars to get it done. Other funds are coming from the local school board that is putting up 10 million dollars, another almost 10 million will come from the insurance claims.

"It was built in 1926 and codes have changed. I think the state realized that it has a responsibility to our students. Something similar happened in Enterprise Alabama a few years ago. The state stepped in because we have a responsibility to our students," said Representative Napoleon Bracy.

Bracy sponsored the bill and says he's optimistic it will pass.  School superintendent, Martha Peek and the operations manager will head up to Montgomery to speak before the legislature on Tuesday.

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