ALABASTER, Ala. (WIAT) — A new school year begins next week for many students across Central Alabama. In many cases, students will experience changes.
In Alabaster City Schools, some of the schools are moving to new locations. The former Thompson High School on Warrior Road will now serve as the home of a new 6-8th-grade middle school. The building on Kent Dairy Road that used to house Thompson Middle School will now serve as the new Thompson Intermediate School.
It’s a process that began with the opening of the new, state-of-the-art Thompson High School in early 2018, which allowed subsequent moves.
Superintendent Wayne Vickers said these moves will be major upgrades for the students.
“With two gymnasiums, a 650-seat auditorium, plenty of elbow room and growth, it certainly offers a great opportunity for our students,” Vickers said of the middle school’s new home.
The changes also move students out of the two oldest buildings in the district, both of which were built in the 1950s. In addition, the move creates a situation that could make life easier on parents and other drivers.
“We’ve moved about 1,500 students off of Hwy. 119, which will certainly help with traffic flow as well as getting some distance from the railroad tracks and the quarry,” Vickers said. “So this is a major upgrade.”
The district has also improved technology for the students.
“We’ve also been able to purchase new, interactive panels for every classroom at Thompson Intermediate School and Thompson Middle School,” Vickers said. “So not only are they getting a facilities upgrade, they’re also getting a technology upgrade from what they experienced at their former schools.”
District leadership also will have a new home at the former 6th grade center. ACES and the alternative school will be in the facility that used to house the intermediate school.
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