The commitment represents about $147 million in BRAC funds, as well as capital funds invested by the school districts themselves. The announcement was made during an afternoon news conference at the Huntsville-Madison County Chamber of Commerce.
The focus of Monday's news conference was the teamwork it took for the school districts in Madison County to vie for, and receive, the lion's share of the $175 million in bonds sold last month to help fund the capital needs of school districts affected by the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure. Of the $147 million the three districts received, Huntsville received $64.7 million, Madison County received $55.9 million and Madison City Schools, $26.4 million.
Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle said the city was challenged four years ago with crafting a plan to make its schools fit the needs of the community, which has rapidly grown due to BRAC. He said Monday's announcement showed that the challenge is being met.