City signs property over to BOE
by Rachel Davis
Aug 18, 2012 | 1599 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Sumiton Mayor Petey Ellis signed a quit-claim deed on Friday to allow the Walker County Board of Education to begin the process of building a new elementary school in Sumiton.

In March, the board approved a loan for $12 million to build the new elementary school. In May, Walker County Superintendent Jason Adkins spoke to the city council about the search for a location for the school, before deciding on the property adjacent to the existing school, which currently contains ball fields.

Last week, Adkins showed the Sumiton City Council the initial plans for the school and asked for a quit-claim deed for a portion of the property that still belonged to the city. They also discussed a planned traffic remedy, amid concerns that the existing traffic problems would grow worse with a new school.

The mayor and members of the council had questions about the process and deed for the property, but assured Adkins they would do whatever it took to keep the process from being delayed.

“We’ve been on board since day one,” Ellis said. “It was just time to put the rumors to rest and get the paperwork done.”

Adkins also expressed relief at having the last piece of the puzzle finished so they could proceed with their plans.

“They’ve been waiting a long time for this and we’re glad to be clear up whatever loose end there was,” Adkins said.

The board has not received an official timeline or start date for the project yet, but they hope to be able to move along quickly. Adkins said that the board has been consistently making progress on the plans for the school

Ellis also said he and the council have pledged the city’s support in any way possible to help facilitate the building of the new school.