MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - Murphy High School is still undergoing repairs after the Christmas Day tornado damaged several parts of campus .
The Mobile County School Board has agreed to spend $10 million on Murphy and the insurance should put up at least $10 million, but more money would be helpful.
State Rep. Napoleon Bracy, D-Prichard, said House Bill 517 came out of committee recently and will be debated by the House on Tuesday, April 30.
The bill would provide funds to rebuild and renovate the tornado ravaged school and it's gotten a lot of support from Murphy alumni.
"Bringing everything up to code not just repairing what was broken but renovating, restoring and getting the school ready for another 90 years of service to the city," said Theodore Kearley.
Theodore is the treasurer of the Murphy High School Alumni Association and his sister Carmen is the association's president.
Both said the school is more than just a couple of classrooms - it's part of the community and serves as a gathering place for the neighborhood.
"We had all sorts of community classes here. We did sewing, swimming, tennis you know just programs for kids," said Carmen Kearley.
If the bill doesn't pass, the Kearleys feel the school would be moving backward instead of forward with technology.
Bracy said the bill now includes "the schools that suffered tornado damage on April 27, 2011 and December 25, 2012" and he believes that will give the bill more support in the House when it's up for a vote.
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