By Sam Poe
Thursday, July 31, 2014 | 12:07 AM
Phil Campbell High School was destroyed in the April 2011 violent tornadoes that swept through the state of Alabama. During the past two school years, PCHS students have been sitting through classes mobile units on the campus while waiting for a new building to be completed. Crews hoped to have the new school completed before the start of the 2014-15 school year, unfortunately, they will fall just a few weeks short on this goal. Although this sounds less than exciting, construction officials are finishing more than six months ahead of the original construction plan that would have been completed in early 2015. Crews and the entire Phil Campbell community have banded together over the past three years and worked together to ensure students and staff have had adequate classrooms and supplies to continue providing a quality education for the PCHS students.
Another problem the Phil Campbell High School administrators faced with the start of this school year was the removal of the mobile classroom units. In order for construction to continue for the new building, the temporary classrooms had to be removed from the campus as soon as the last school year ended in May, leaving no available classrooms on the property. As we have seen in the past three years, the small Phil Campbell community pulled together and found a solution. In order for school to begin on time, three of the Phil Campbell churches will open their doors for students every day and will provide a temporary home for the Bobcats. Contractors have high hopes the school will be completed by the time students return from the Labor Day holiday, although there are still no guarantees.