TUSCALOOSA COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - Construction for Sipsey Valley Middle School in Tuscaloosa County started several months ago, but a ceremonial groundbreaking took place Thursday.
It's expected to ease over crowding at Sipsey Valley High School.
Middle School students actually share space in one building with high school students now. That changes in 2019.
Moving into a new building also means some students will finally move out of the portable classrooms they’re now using due to a lack of space. Eight portable classrooms are currently in use.
The school’s principal says the new building was also built with future population growth in western Tuscaloosa County in mind.
“We continue to expect growth. We've continued to see that in our elementary schools. And you elementary schools are a good indicator of what you're going to Have coming to you,” Sipsey Valley Middle School Principal Frank Kelly explained.
The school will serve grades 5 through 8 and is expected to open in August 2019.