School districts in North Alabama can move forward with plans to renovate and rebuild schools affected by BRAC.
The Education Department could use federal dollars to build schools for districts that suffer traumatic events such as those in Newtown, Conn., under an agreement the Senate education panel approved Wednesday.
With students away for the summer, the Mobile County school system is finishing up several construction projects and getting ready to launch new ones, including the much-anticipated new school at Calcedeaver Elementary in northwest Mobile County.
Classrooms are quiet and halls dark at most Walker County schools, but not at Saddle Ridge Elementary and Middle School where construction continues at a fast and furious pace.
Administrators believe rebuilding a pair of Oklahoma elementary schools destroyed by a May 20 tornado will help their neighborhoods' long-term recovery, though some parents and children aren't sure it's a good idea to put up new schools on land where seven third-graders perished after being crushed by debris.