ASHVILLE – A parent who has a child attending St. Clair County High School in Odenville said the road leading to the school from U.S. 411 is embarrassing.
David Broom presented his concern to the St. Clair County Board of Education recently. He said the road has at least 20 potholes.
“I travel that road 40 times per month,” he said. “It is bad on the vehicles. It’s embarrassing to our students when students from other schools visit our high school. The school building is very nice, and I believe our students deserve better.”
Broom showed pictures to BOE members that he had taken of the road.
“Other schools in this county do not have roads near this bad of shape,” he said.
BOE President Scott Suttle said he has been on the road and is aware of the situation.
Broom said there are more than 2,000 parents and grandparents in the area who want the school board to do something about the road.
Board member Bill Morris said they need to get with the St. Clair County Commission and get this resolved.
“They have that machine that can come knock that out,” Morris said. “We just need to get with them.”
SCCHS principal Mike Howard said he met with BOE transportation Director Jerry Fuller a couple of weeks ago.
“We have a plan, especially on the backside of the school where the buses go,” Howard said. “There are some potholes there as well, and we have rerouted our buses on a temporary basis. I’m planning a meeting with our new County Commissioner Ricky Parker to see if we can bring in some gravel first on the road behind the school. Last year, we got a price on asphalting the entire road, back and front, and it was going to cost $80,000. So that’s where we’re at.”
Broom said it needed to be resurfaced, and patching it is not going to get the job done.
“That’s what happened when you do not do the base right,” Morris said. “When they did it, it was not done right. Our county is a minimum-standard county. When you do stuff at minimum standards, that’s what you are going to get.”
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