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Montevallo Middle changes mean some will lose their homes

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Current look of Montevallo Middle School. (abc3340.com) Current look of Montevallo Middle School. (abc3340.com)
Drawing of the proposed renovations to Montevallo Middle School. Drawing of the proposed renovations to Montevallo Middle School.
Future traffic concept for Montevallo Middle School. Future traffic concept for Montevallo Middle School.
MONTEVALLO - AL -

Security changes to a few Shelby County schools means that some neighbors will lose their homes. All three Montevallo school campuses will have an updated look - complete with new safety features. But those changes are coming at a high price for people living across the street.

One of the biggest changes coming to Montevallo Middle School is the way you get to campus. They're looking at changing the roads, changing the bus routes, and adding new parking lots. But the only way to do that is to acquire the homes across the street. Homes, that neighbors here have lived in all their lives.  

"You start seeing surveys in your neighborhood and no one tells you what's going on," Paul McKenzie, who lives near the school said.

Neighbors on Samford Street say, they just don't know what to think. 

"I was born in the house in 1960," Phyllis Dukes, who lives by the school said. "I was told we moved into the house in '55."

They say even if the school board buys their properties at market value, it's not enough to find another place to live.

"The average house around here may be around $25-30,000," Dukes said. "You might could rent an apartment for two years and it's over for you."

Shelby County school leaders are planning to reconstruct many rooms inside and change the entire look of the outside of the campus. That means, re-routing traffic - separating school buses from the carpool lines, eliminating neighborhood traffic from the school property, and changing the front entrance for added security. The Board of Education says, these changes are necessary for safety. 

"We want to talk to the residents, find out what they need, we want to be advocates for the residents, but we also want to work with the school board and find out what the school board's plans are and see how we can find a happy middle ground," Montevallo Mayor Hollie Cost, PhD. said.

Some neighbors think it's a good idea...

"Kids, I see them walk up through here every day and they need somewhere to go because the way cars go in and out of this neighborhood, I think it's going to be nice," Edward Crayton, who lives next door to the school said.

"What we've also found out from the school board is that there are room for changes," Mayor Cost said. "Once they get the public input, they are willing to make some changes."

A meeting is set for next week to give residents more information about what will be happening. It will be Monday at 4:30 at the middle school. 

Here's additional information about Montevallo school changes: 

 

Montevallo High School

  • New building entrance modification for increased safety and security

  • Office renovation for efficient operation

  • New nurses station, conference room, teacher workroom, reception and check-in area

  • Renovation of heating/cooling system

  • New canopy and sidewalk to Career Tech Center

  • Renovation of Family and Consumer Science building to include Culinary Arts Center

  • Renovation of Agriscience department

  • Renovation of Alice Boyd building

  • New entrance drive and parking area

  • New electronic marquee sign on Highway 119

 

Montevallo Middle School

  • Purchase property to develop new bus and car rider traffic plans

  • New traffic entrance and parking area

  • Separation of bus and car traffic for improved safety

  • New dedicated turn lanes on Highway 119

  • Elimination of through-traffic on school property

  • Retain and upgrade area surrounding George Daily Park

  • New exterior landscaping

  • Add signage to Highway 119

  • New building entrance modification for increased safety and security

  • New canopy for drop-off/pick-up area

  • New entrance architecture

  • Renovation of hallways and restrooms

  • Gymnasium expansion

  • Additional new bleachers

  • Renovation of locker room

 

Montevallo Elementary School

  • Develop new bus and car traffic plan

  • New traffic entrance and parking area

  • Separation of bus and car traffic for improved safety

  • New canopy and sidewalk in bus loading and unloading area

  • New exterior landscaping and drainage improvements

  • New building entrance modification for increased safety and security

  • New canopy for car drop-off/pick-up area

  • New entrance architecture

  • Office renovation for efficient operation

  • Renovation of hallways and restrooms

  • Courtyard and drainage improvements

 

 

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