It’s nearly a year since a tragic tornado destroyed Enterprise High School and claimed the lives of eight students. However, the funding for a new school remains in question.
There is a $33-million funding gap at this time. Enterprise School Superintendent Dr. Jim Reese says everything is being looked at to make up that deficit.
The west end of the Boll Weevil Circle is the future site of Enterprise High School.
The land is bought, but there is no clear funding answer in regard to paying for the $100 million dollar facility.
Superintendent Reese assures residents that every avenue is being explored and he has one promise to parents and students. "If the cost does exceed the funds, we have devised a plan to [the] construction of buildings,” he said. “This is especially the case in regard to Enterprise High School."
Board members say when building a new elementary and high school, it's a long process. Decisions made on Wednesday will affect those facilities for the next 50-to-75 years.
Enterprise School Board President Gene Lolley said, "Three of us board members have children that are directly affected by the decisions that are made in regard to school construction; we are moving as fast as we can."
School officials say architects on the project are working six-days a week to work on the plans.
Administrative Assistant Bob Tomberlin said, "I want the public to know that we are working day and night, around the clock. And, we are going as quickly as possible.'
A proposed timetable shows that site work on the new high school will begin in July.
The proposed groundbreaking for the new high school is set for this October. The school will open in August of 2010.