Pelham City Council donates money to schools

PELHAM, AL (WBRC) - Four Pelham city schools are enjoying an economic boost thanks to Pelham city councilors.

At Monday's City Council meeting, Pelham Mayor Don Murphy presented checks totaling $120,000 to Pelham High School, Riverchase Middle School, Valley Intermediate School and Valley Elementary School.

Pelham High School received $42,352, Riverchase Middle School received $23,183, Valley Intermediate School received $24,705, and Valley Elementary School received $29, 747.

Mayor Murphy said the city has been giving schools money from its general fund budget for the last few years. He said the money will be used for academic purposes, and was based on the total teacher units at each school. He added that especially in the current economy, it is important for the city to help area schools.

"The schools are not funded as well as they have been as in the past," said Mayor Murphy, "This is just money that helps teachers buy things they need in order for academics in their school."

School officials said they were grateful to get a financial boost courtesy of the city.

"This is tremendous news for Pelham High School," said Pelham High School Principal Bob Lavett, "We look forward to spending it, spending it wisely, and making an impact in the classroom."