The Tuscaloosa County School Board unanimously voted to spend over 6 million dollars on two improvement projects at Hillcrest High School.

The Tuscaloosa County School System (TCSS) plans to spend $7.2 million dollars at Hillcrest High School to expand the lunchroom and build a career tech annex.

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TCSS says that the lunchroom expansion has been deemed necessary because of the large and growing student body.

In addition to expanding the lunchroom, TCSS also plans to build a career tech annex that will host four career tech programs. The programs that will be housed in this building are welding, electrical, carpentry and modern manufacturing.

Terri Brewer, a spokeswoman for TCSS, says that the career tech building will allow the school to "continue providing and growing career technical education opportunities for [its] students."

According to Brewer, the money for these projects came from state bond issue funds, as well as federal ESSER (Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief) funds.

Brewer says that these improvements will make room for more students and enable the school to provide more career opportunities for students that will help them in the future.

"These improvements help accommodate our growing student population, from the standpoint of providing additional spaces for students," Brewer said. "The Career Tech addition is a way to continue growing career opportunities for students, to prepare them for their educational path and career beyond high school. "

There is no set date for when construction will start, but the projects are expected to reach completion sometime in the year 2023.

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