PARRISH — The Parrish Town Council voted Tuesday night to donate lockers and science lab equipment to Parrish Elementary School.The Walker County Board of Education is expected to vote June 13 on a …
PARRISH — The Parrish Town Council voted Tuesday night to donate lockers and science lab equipment to Parrish Elementary School.
The Walker County Board of Education is expected to vote June 13 on a plan to add seventh and eighth grades to Parrish Elementary to alleviate overcrowding at Oakman Middle School.
The plan has been met with enthusiasm in Parrish.
"It boosts our numbers. It keeps our school there and gets us a little sports back," council member Bubba Cagle said.
Superintendent Dr. Joel Hagood has recommended opening the seventh grade in August and adding eighth grade in the 2020-2021 school year.
The town's junior high students have had to transfer to neighboring schools since the closing of Parrish High School in 2014.
"It's exciting for me. My son thought this year was the last little bit of purple he was going to get to wear. He's excited to be able to wear it a little longer," Cagle said.
Mayor Heather Hall informed council members during Tuesday's meeting that the elementary school would need 60 lockers and that lockers are available at the old high school.
The council voted to donate the lockers as well as desks, sinks and any other furniture in the science lab that could be useful to the elementary school as well as another set of desks in the building.
Hall said a meeting will be held at the elementary school on June 11.
"We would love to have as many people as can come out and show support for our schools. It's going to be a great opportunity to get these classes back to Parrish," Hall said.