Kallhoff gives updates on city school projects

New building at Cullman Middle School (Tiffany McKoy)

CULLMAN, Ala. – Cullman City Schools Superintendent Kyle Kallhoff provided updates about ongoing and upcoming projects to city school campuses.  

“The partnership between the City and our school district has been incredible. The increased funding from sales and property taxes has allowed us to invest in our students and their futures,” he said. “This phase of expansion would not have been possible without the dedication of our community leaders. James Brumley, our chief school financial officer, does a phenomenal job making sure we are putting our resources in place to help address our infrastructure while continuing to maintain a three-month reserve.”

According to Kallhoff, sales tax revenues increased by an impressive 14%, and property taxes saw a remarkable 10.5% boost in a single year.

“Collectively, the five-member school board in Cullman city are forward thinkers and are always pushing my office to move our school system forward while doing what is best for the students and families we serve,” Kallhoff said.

Cullman City Primary School

The primary school received an additional 12-classroom wing (including a tornado shelter), multipurpose building and cafeteria/kitchen. A second exit was installed from campus to Oak Street. The old cafeteria was converted into additional classroom space.

Cullman Middle School

There will be a 16-18-classroom building (including a tornado shelter) that will house a new library, agriscience area, performing arts area and administrative offices. The round building and old agriculture building (the old home economics building) will be removed after December. There will be interior upgrades to the main building and cafeteria. The project is expected to be completed at the end of the 2024-2025 school year.

“Phase Two is an exciting endeavor for us,” Kallhoff said. “It encompasses several crucial elements, each designed to improve our students’ educational experiences and support their future success.”

Cullman Intermediate School

One of the major projects in Phase Two is the development of the new Cullman Intermediate School (CIS) at the current West Elementary School location. There will be up to 14 classrooms per grade level and a new multipurpose building that will also serve as a storm shelter (facing U.S. Highway 278). There will be a new two-story wing and up to 18 typical and specialty classrooms plus administrative space.

“We’re focused on ensuring that our youngest learners have the best possible start. Our 3- and 4-year-old programs will now be housed at East Elementary School, where we’ll invest in creating suitable environments for these students. Our goal is to double our enrollment for these programs,” Kallhoff stated.

East Elementary School will serve as the primary location for preschool and primary education, with CIS serving grades three through five, followed by CMS for grades six through eight, and CHS for grades nine through 12.

High School Career-Tech and STEM Wing

One of the most exciting components of Phase Two is the CHS Career-Tech and STEM Wing. This innovative facility will house a range of career and technical education programs, including cybersecurity, engineering, computer science, health science and marketing. The new wing includes 11 classrooms and two spacious labs for hands-on learning, ensuring that students are well-prepared for the workforce and higher education opportunities.

Soccer complex and sports facilities

Finally, Phase Two also includes improvements to the high school’s sports facilities. The district will install turf on the soccer field, making it more versatile and resilient. Additionally, there will be four new turf practice diamonds for baseball and softball, providing students with state-of-the-art training facilities.

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