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Crews ready to build new Alberta School of Performing Arts

Bulldozers prepare the land for the new Alberta K-8 school. Source: Kelvin Reynolds Bulldozers prepare the land for the new Alberta K-8 school. Source: Kelvin Reynolds
TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) -

The road to recovery is still happening bit by bit across Alabama. When the April 27 storms struck two years ago, among the many things it destroyed was Alberta Elementary Schools in Tuscaloosa.

Now, there are new plans for the land where the school once sat.

Crews are preparing the building pad for the Alberta School of Performing Arts, which will replace the old elementary school.

The old school was about 70,000 square feet. At 115,000 square feet, the new school will house kids in pre-K through 8th grade.

They'll have access to dance studios, drama and art rooms and more. Jeff Johnson, the Executive Director of Facilities for Tuscaloosa City Schools, says completing the school could jumpstart development in the surrounding community.

"It's putting a presence here in Alberta. It's a hub. It builds community around the schools. Schools build communities around them. Everywhere we build a school typically we see housing go up," Johnson said.

Johnson says as long as the weather remains dry, the crews should be able to maintain their schedule and open the school on time for classes in August 2014.

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