Montgomery, AL- Representative Terry Spicer (D-Elba) introduced legislation this week to allocate an additional $9 million dollars to help rebuild Enterprise City Schools. Both Enterprise High School and Hillcrest Elementary School were extensively damaged by a tornado in March 2007.
“One of my top priorities is to make our local schools whole again. This is just the first step to help make up the difference in the funds that are needed to complete the rebuilding efforts,” said Spicer.
House Bill 619 would also authorize the use of federal stimulus funds to help in capital improvement costs associated with tornado-related damage to Enterprise City Schools. The bill is now awaiting action by the Education Appropriations Committee.
Spicer also serves as Chairman of an Education Appropriations Sub-Committee called The Study of Burned-Out Schools and Schools Destroyed by Natural Disasters. The primary goal of this sub-committee is to examine ways that other schools damaged by natural disasters can benefit from insurance coverage, additional funding if needed, and the feasibility of self-insurance.
“Even in this rough economy, we must continue to find ways to fund these types of projects. We already allocated $32 million from the 2008 budget, and this additional $9 million we are working on will benefit Enterprise City Schools a great deal,” said Spicer.
The Alabama House of Representatives will next convene on Tuesday, March 3, 2009, for the ninth legislative day of the 2009 Regular Session.