Alabaster council donates $69,000 to schools

Alabaster officials present a $69,000 check to each of the city's school principals during a March 17 council meeting. (Reporter Photo/Neal Wagner)

Alabaster officials present a $69,000 check to each of the city’s school principals during a March 17 council meeting. (Reporter Photo/Neal Wagner)

By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor

Each of Alabaster’s six schools received several thousand dollars from the city’s government on March 17 as the City Council donated a total of $69,000 to the schools.

During the council meeting, city officials presented checks to Thompson High School Principal Dr. Daniel Steele, Thompson Middle Principal Katie Zielinski, Thompson Sixth Grade Center Principal Neely Woodley, Thompson Intermediate Principal Dr. Ke Jones, Creek View Elementary Principal Brent Byars and Meadow View Elementary Principal Rachea Simms.

City Council President Scott Brakefield said the city donated $200 per classroom to each school. Each school received the following amounts from the city:

MVES – $13,400

CVES – $13,600

TIS – $9,000

TSGC – $4,400

TMS – $9,400

THS – $19,200

Councilman Rick Walters said he was happy to support the Alabaster City School System, which currently is in its first year of operation.

“It’s nice to be able to give it straight to them,” Walters said. “I think they are doing a great job. It’s turned out to be better than I ever dreamed it would be.”

Brakefield said the donations marked an “investment in our future.”

“We could definitely use that $70,000 elsewhere in the city, but we made the decision to donate it to the city school system as an investment in our future,” Brakefield said. “It’s hard to open up the paper and not see something neat about Alabaster City Schools.”