MPS weighs land proposal for new high school

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) -- A proposal could bring another high school to the Montgomery Public School System.

"I think it's absolutely a promising opportunity. When anyone wishes to convey land to you, it peaks your interest," explained Clay Slagle, MPS' Interim Superintendent.

A land owner wants to donate a 25-acre parcel--located between Ray Thorington and Pike Roads, just east of the Montgomery city limits.

Administrators weigh their options and costs as they mull it over.

"It requires a significant amount of investigation as we determine suitability, but it's an important step as we move forward in our building program," Slagle said.

Parents in East Montgomery are excited at the opportunity to keep their kids close to home.

"The population is getting real high here, and [the school system needs] to divide the kids up to different schools. I think it would be a great opportunity," explained Preston Collins of Montgomery.

"That would mean [my son] would be able to go all the way to high school and stay in this one system.  I would love it," said Lisa Cleland of Pike Road.

Also, moms and dads fighting high private education costs say a new public high school would be the best option.

"We would probably consider moving our other two [children] from private school into public school.  We were already considering that with the new middle school, but we certainly do it if there was a high school in our vicinity," Cleland explained.

Not so fast.

The parcel of land remains untouched until board members decide if they'll move forward.

"The board needs to make a determination in that area, but it's the first step," Slagle said.

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