Ala. House To Vote on Murphy High School Rebuilding Money

Ala. House To Vote on Murphy High School Rebuilding Money

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MOBILE, Ala. -

For many Murphy high school students, their senior year has been one to remember.

"It's really sad to see. Like that's your last view of it, so it's sad," said Katie Mims.

"I mean you still got the Murphy family. I mean its not as great as being here, but it's not too bad," said Braxton Turner.

These students join others shuttled to Clarke Shaw's campus as repairs to their school are being completed.

And lots of repairs mean lots of cash - nearly 50 million dollars.

After receiving 10 million from insurance, and another 10 million from the school board, school officials and local state representatives were banking on another 23 million, but came up short. The House's Ways and Means Committee only approved the bill for 15 million.

"The total bond amount is 25 million dollars. We have 10 million dollars set aside for other schools, affected by the April 2011 tornadoes. With the cap being at 25 everybody had to scale back and make it fit so that it would be fair for everyone," said Representative Napolean Bracy.

School superintendent Martha Peek says the repairs are costly because Murphy was built in 1926. "Those repairs will then be brought up to meet the safety codes, required by the Alabama building commission," said Peek.

Even though classes will resume in the fall, construction will continue, with repairs happening simultaneously, and many believe the community's pride will help rebuild.

"Even though it's going to take a while and take a lot of money. I believe the community will come together and help on everything, so I'm really excited," said Enjali Jones, a junior at Murphy High School.

"I know they have a very strong alumni at Murphy, so I think the community will help Murphy to come back even stronger," Representative Bracy.

The full house will debate the bill on Tuesday. If passed, it will then go to the senate for approval.

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