PHENIX CITY, Ala. – Phenix City school and community leaders celebrated the groundbreaking of the Dyer Family STEM Center this morning. This is a part of the school system’s revitalization initiative that will include more science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in it’s schools.
Today’s groundbreaking on the the 9700 foot STEM Center is now a reality because of the Grassroots Organization friends of Phenix City Schools. It started with a meeting with just a few concerned citizens and a budget of just $5,000.
That meeting turned into a group of nearly 200 and $1.1 million dollar budget to build two brick and mortar facilities. The first project is this state of the art Dyer Family STEM Center at the Phenix City Intermediate School. It will include eight classrooms that will address science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. All of these classrooms are sponsored by local businesses. The second project is the expansion facility at Central High School.
“We want to do everything we can do to improve on the quality of education and I can’t think of a better way to do that than STEM,” says Randy Wilkes
“We can see the long term view of benefits it’s going to expose so many kids to in the Phenix City School System,” says Gil Dyer
The STEM Center is named for the Dyer Family, they donated $150,000. To date 180 people contributed $737,000 to this initiative.
While this grassroots group started specifically for this STEM project, they plan to continue to raise money for Phenix City School’s education initiatives.
The new STEM building is expected to be completed in time for the beginning of the 2016 – 2017 school year.