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Montgomery and Elmore County Schools Moving Forward with Building Plans

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There are signs of progress in Elmore County. "It's an exciting time," said Superintendent Jeff Langham.

Langham says work on two new schools is moving right along. A new elementary school in the Redland community will one day be bustling with 650 elementary school students. "The Redland school project has been sought out and desired for many years," Langham tells us.

The Redland school and another elementary school on Airport Road in Millbrook will open in Fall of 2009. Langham says, "To meet the steady growth here."

An increasing population in Montgomery also created a need for new schools. Blount Elementary is packed. Parents say a new Eastside elementary is long overdue. " We keep building houses, more families are moving in, where are we going to put them?," asked Pamela Short.

 "We're very close to having all the documents complete," Chief Operations Officer Clay Slagle told WSFA 12 News.

Slagle says, after a few setbacks, plans for the Eastside elementary school are on track.  He says the, "Hopeful occupation is August 2009." Parents say the sooner the better.

Both systems know their not just building schools; they're building the future for our children. "The learning process is critical. A key part of that process is having the facilities to meet the demands of 21st century learning," added Langham.

The Elmore County School System is also merging Wetumpka Junior High with Wetumpka Intermediate to become Wetumpka Middle. The district will hold a town hall meeting to discuss all the changes January 29th at 6:30. That meeting will be held in the Board of Education's board room.

 In addition to a new Eastside elementary, the Montgomery Public School System is also currently working on a new Carver High, Bellingrath Junior High and a middle school out east.

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