Burkes donate $100,000 to Arab City Schools

A local couple has made a very generous donation to Arab City Schools.

“I got a phone call about a month ago from a gentleman who told me he wanted to give the schools $100,000,” Superintendent John Mullins told the Arab Board of Education this week. “It was Claud Burke.”

Mullins said Burke was the school district’s attorney when Arab first became a city system back in 1971.

“Claud attended 26 years worth of board meetings, and he saw there were needs that were not always met. He had said that if he ever got in the position to he wanted to donate $100,000, and now he’s able to do that,” said Mullins. ”He and his wife, Sharon, have a great appreciation for the school system.”

A 1961 graduate of Cullman High School, Burke earned a B.A. degree at the University of Alabama in 1965 and a law degree from the University of Alabama School of Law in 1968.

He opened a law practice in Arab in 1969 and, during that time, served as Arab’s city attorney and city prosecutor and as attorney for the city school board, Arab Electric Cooperative, Arab Sewer Board and the Arab Water Board.

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