Sonia Wade, the Walker County Board of Education’s District 4 representative, told members of the Sumiton City Council Tuesday the ceremony is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 14. The ceremony will be held just off Main Street in Sumiton on property that was formerly city baseball fields.
“This is something the community has wanted and needed for a long time,” Waid said. “We are excited about the new school and want to invite anyone and everyone to come out for the groundbreaking.”
Wade said plans for the school show it having two wings and an office in the center. The school will house kindergarten through fourth grade with fifth through eighth grade remaining in the current Sumiton Elementary/Middle School building.
“It’s a beautiful, long, slim school,” she said. “We are working on a color scheme. It will definitely have a blue roof. There will be a central courtyard and office in the middle.”
Two storm shelters are also in the plans, which Wade said would also be utilized by the public during severe weather.
Wade said the school will be built for 1,000 students and will be as technologically advanced as possible.
“This school is being built with growth in mind,” she said.
Sumiton Principal Paige Skalnik said every student and all faculty members will be at the groundbreaking.
“This is something that we are excited about,” she said. “This new school will be something the entire community will be proud to have. It has been a need here for some time.”
The school is expected to be completed in time for the 2014/2015 school year.