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Montgomery BOE Considers New School Options
Monday, 23 March 2009

March 23--  The Montgomery County School Board is considering building a new Middle/High School for students in the sixth through twelfth grades.

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Architech Harold DeLoach (standing) and Mickey Schuber from the state Department of Education brief the BOE on possible school site plans.
 

 

 

At a called meeting Monday night, the board heard how much state aid might be available, how much building they need to construct and where, and how to pay for it all.

Mickey Schuber from the state Department of Education estimated the board might get as much as $6 million from the state based on the school system's enrollment.  There's also a chance for some additonal state funding due to the system's low wealth status.

Architect Harold DeLoach estimated a 110,000 square foot building with 31 classrooms could cost about $15 million.  Add another half-million for demolition if the board builds the new school adjacent to the current school and tears some of the old building down.  It would also cost more if some of the old building is renovated.

And Tom Owens of Morgan-Keegan briefed the board on how it could go about raising an estimated $8 million to help pay the local share of construction.  The key is passage of a one percent sales tax for eduction which would pay for school construction bonds.

School officials say they have to make some decisions in the next two months in order to hold a sales tax election in either September or November.  If it passed, if would be July of next year before state funds could be made available.

 
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