Prattville – The Autauga County Board of Education held a special session on Thursday at noon to discuss plans for the new Marbury High School stadium.
After revisions and recommendations from Greg Faulkner, Autauga County Superintendent, the members voted unanimously to begin construction on the new athletic field.
“Marbury being in my district, I am just excited more than you know, and I think this will be a great place for our kids and something to offer new residents coming to our area,” said Kelly Ingram, District 4 representative.
Bob Crane, who replaced Art Wilkerson on the board in 2007, agreed with Ingram.
“Yes, I think this will truly round out the school and provide the type of facilities we need for our children,” he said. “They need to be educated not only in the classrooms, but also to gain the possibilities they can get from athletics.”
“It’s a great place to change children,” continued Crane.
Walter McKee of McKee & Associates located in Montgomery was the architect chosen for the project that will cost an estimated $709,000 for the bleachers, field, sod, and concrete.
“Bids came in anywhere between about $900,000 to the $709,000 we accepted,” said Faulkner. “At first we said we wouldn’t have enough money to do this, but then about two months ago we saw that we could do it.”
“This was just one of those things we were waiting for at the very end so that we would have the money,” he continued.
The athletic field at Marbury High School is expected to be completed before the first home game kickoff.
Article by Melissa Parker
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