House panel to vote on fixing Mobile school damage


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama House Committee is considering a bill to spend $23 million to rebuild portions of one of the state's oldest high schools damaged by a Christmas Day tornado.

The bill by Democratic Rep. Napoleon Bracy of Mobile would provide the money to rebuild parts of Mobile's more than 80-year-old Murphy High School. The school was damaged by a tornado that hit Mobile on Christmas Day.

Mobile County schools Superintendent Martha Peek said Wednesday the Mobile County School Board has agreed to spend $10 million on Murphy. Combined with $10 million the system is receiving from insurance and the $23 million the bill would provide, there would be $42 million available for repairs to Murphy. The House Ways and Means-Education Committee is scheduled to vote on the bill Thursday.

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