Historic public school gets $2.8 million in repairs

MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – Alabama’s first public school will be getting $2.8 million in repairs this year.
The Mobile County School Board approved the more than $2 million renovation contract Tuesday night, August 19, for the historic Barton Academy in Downtown Mobile.
Officials said the school will get mostly exterior repairs. Doors, windows, and fencing will be fixed, and the building will be repainted. Officials said the dome will also be repaired.
School officials said the renovations will help keep the historic building in good condition for future use.
“Just having it look great will help for raising money to put something inside, we’d love to have a new school in there,” said Nancy Pierce, a spokeswoman for Mobile County Public Schools.
Pierce said the renovations should start next week, and the repairs will take a year to complete.
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