Solution proposed for Florence Middle School

by Staff Writer Ciera Golliver

After almost a month of negotiations, UNA board of trustees and the Florence Board of Education may have found a solution regarding the future location of Florence Middle School.

The two boards will meet whenever their members are available to vote on the proposal, according to a university press release.

The Florence Board of Education planned for the middle school to be in the same location as the previous school. This land currently houses Florence’s newly built gymnasium, while Braly Stadium it adjacent to the property.

Neither of the parties will release details regarding the proposal until both governing bodies approve it, according to the university press release.

The two parties have been working together to find a solution since Florence Mayor Steve Holt called for an informal meeting to discuss details regarding the project Feb. 20.

During this time, UNA met with the architect for the middle school to discuss how the design of the building would affect Braly Stadium. UNA officials fear the design would cripple Braly Stadium’s monetary value by creating an “alley” behind the home side, said UNA President Kennth Kitts and UNA board of trustees President Pro Tempore Martin Abroms in a joint statement March 7.

Braly Stadium is shared between four active stakeholders, including Florence High School and UNA.

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