Enterprise School District Superintendent Dr. Jim Reese
Space is at a premium at Harrand Creek Elementary; portable buildings are needed to accommodate the growing student population.
In a special school board meeting, it approved nearly $3 million dollars to build new classrooms at Harrand Creek and Rucker Boulevard Elementary.
A $400,000 dollar FEMA grant will be used to construct storm shelters at both schools.
Bob Tomberlin, with the Enterprise School District said, "Certainly here in Enterprise from now on, we start adding classrooms. We will install a storm shelter at the school. I know it depends on finances, but we will work on getting this done."
Harrand Creek Principal Ronnie Retherford says he hopes never to use a shelter, but he's glad the school will have one. Space is at a premium there. "We had a kindergarten classroom divided, because of the space problem,” he said. “We have three portable classrooms in the back of the school. We will get rid of them with the addition of the classrooms."
Retherford added, "Our goal is to get storm shelters built at each of our schools in the district, and that's our goal to parents. That will make the schools here as safe as possible for their children to attend."
Classroom construction at Harrand Creek and Rucker Boulevard Elementary Schools is expected to get underway within 10-days.