Alexander City superintendent Keith Lankford along with board members Kevin Speaks, Kelly Waldrop, Denise Bates and Chante Ruffin broke ground at Jim Pearson Elementary School on Thursday afternoon. Jim Pearson principal Angela Strickland, assistant principal Danielle Coleman, Mayor Tommy Spraggins and Lathan Architect president Rick Lathan were also in attendance. Construction is underway at the school, which will create one unified building for students. For more details, read Saturday's Outlook.