BOE meeting 12-28-19

Daniel Dye / The Herald

The Elmore County Board of Education approved a property donation by Tallassee resident Rodney Griffith as superintendent Richard Dennis attends the meeting via iPhone.

At a special-called meeting, the Elmore County Board of Education voted to accept land donated by Tallassee resident and land developer Rodney Griffith.

The property consists of 50.66 acres located on Jackson Road in the Redland community.

While plans for the property have not been finalized, previous discussions by the board and superintendent Richard Dennis have included building a middle school in this area of Elmore County.

“That’s actually been discussed, a middle school for Redland,” Dennis said. “This is a huge asset for us. The land is really flat so that will ease construction efforts.”

Dennis said if a middle school were to be built on the property it would open no earlier than the 2021-22 school year.

The board agreed to cover the $6,000 in legal fees to transfer the ownership from Griffith to the board.

According to Griffith’s attorney, Bob Morris, the appraised value of the land has not been determined yet.

“(Friday’s) vote by the board to move forward with the process to accept the land in the Redland community certainly positions us in a good way for future growth out there,” county school board chairperson Michael Morgan said. “With the land being donated, that benefits us economically. It’s a really good thing for students of Elmore County.” 

Students who live in the Redland area currently attend Wetumpka Middle School. 

WMS earned an overall score of 83% on the annual Alabama State Department of Education (ASDE) report card released earlier this year.

According to the report card, 1,020 students attended WMS during the 2018-19 school year.

“I think it’s great to have the land go to educating kids in the area,” Griffith said.