• Priceville Blueprint

    Be a part of the future!
    The Town of Priceville has initiated a partnership with DesignAlabama, as a part of the DesignPlace program to look at the future of our community and they need your help!
    You are invited to “Priceville Blueprint” on Thursday, November 2, 2017 at the Priceville Municipal Building. Event starts at 6:00 P.M.
    For [...]

  • Priceville approves fuel-tax increase

    From The Decatur Daily
    by Evan Belanger
    PRICEVILLE — The Town Council on Monday approved a 1-cent fuel tax increase and a fiscal 2018 budget that included funding to start work on a new fire station as well as hire an additional police officer.
    Meanwhile, councilmen discussed an emerging plan to build from scratch a downtown in the [...]

  • Priceville could pay for road extension with leftovers from $7M rec center

    From The Decatur Daily
    by Evan Belanger
    PRICEVILLE — After approving a $9 million bond issue last week, town officials plan to build and open by next fall a 66,000-square-foot recreation center at North Park.
    They’re also planning to use a portion of the bond proceeds to extend Marco Drive to East Upper River Road in a bid [...]

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New Priceville High set for any future growth

From The Decatur Daily
by Deangelo McDaniel

$23.8 million facility on schedule for August opening

PRICEVILLE – Priceville’s new high school has space for classes not currently offered and is designed to easily expand to accommodate an additional 300 students should growth occur, school leaders said.

“We’re preparing for our needs now, but we’re also looking to the future,” Superintendent Bill Hopkins Jr. said during a walk-through at the facility last week.

The 119,000-square-foot school, estimated to cost $23.8 million, is slated to open in August.

“We’re on schedule and will turn the school over to the owner in time for classes to start here next year,” said site manager Erik Kallas, of Baggette Construction.

The school, which is on 55 acres off Bethel Road near North Park, has more than 20 classrooms, including two science laboratories complete with demonstration tables where students can perform experiments.

Although Priceville does not currently offer chorus and art, the school board included rooms for those classes.

“Our curriculum is changing, and we’re looking to the future,” Hopkins said.

Morgan County, like every school district in the state, is required to make sure every student graduates “college- or career-ready.”

Most of the academic space in the school is enclosed, which allows contractors to work when the weather is bad, said Shane Bagwell, of Birmingham-based Volkert Construction. His company is supervising the project.

“We’re getting to a point where everything we have to do, except for paving and landscaping, will go fast,” Bagwell said.

In addition to two academic wings, the school has a 1,200-seat gymnasium, an auxiliary gymnasium with a stage and a $2 million athletic fieldhouse.

Hopkins said the media center will be “absolutely gorgeous” and will be a meeting area for students to gather and use their own electronic devices.

“It’s not going to be a traditional media center with a lot of shelves with library books,” he said.

This area of the school has massive windows, just like the cafeteria.

Bagwell said the school has safe rooms designed to withstand 250-mph winds.

Three years after eight students died when a tornado hit Enterprise High School in 2007, the Alabama Building Commission started requiring “mandatory safe spaces” in new K-12 public schools.

The shelters are integrated within the school, some doubling as classrooms and hallways.

Hopkins said the shelters are accessible without having to “go all through the school,” meaning they also can double as community shelters.

“This is a growing community and the community’s school,” he said.

When board members voted in July 2012 to construct the school, they cited crowding as the leading reason. Priceville’s population grew 76 percent from 2000-10 and was at 2,885, according to 2010 U.S. Census data.

Priceville Elementary, a K-5 school on Cave Springs Road, added 100 students during the growth period and is above capacity, with about 700 enrolled. The school opened in 2000 and was expanded in 2007.

The junior high and high school share a campus on Alabama 67 and have been at or near capacity since 2004.

Hopkins said the plan is to make the Alabama 67 campus a middle school for grades 5-8, which would give the elementary school more room.

The new high school is designed to house 600 students, but infrastructure will be in place to expand it for 900.