Parents learn results of MPS study

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Moms and dads were back in class Monday night to learn what's ahead for their children in the Montgomery Public School system.

Many of them picked up a pen and paper, learning the lesson plan consultants spent months fine tuning.

Dr. William DeJung and his firm took a look at the school system and came up with options for the future.

Many proposals involved shutting down old buildings like Hayneville Road and Floyd Elementary Schools.

Others considered combining schools and building new ones--proposing a new Robert E. Lee High School, a south school, and southeast high school, among others.

"There's an opportunity to right-size some facilities.  There's an opportunity maybe to replace some things that need replacing," DeJong explained.

Parents, handed questionnaires, made their opinions known.

"If we don't go with the K-12, what's going to happen with those students who are out in the southern part of the county," said Schiree Burke of Montgomery, discussing one of DeJung's options.

Some moms and dads weren't too happy with the proposals, which show larger student growth and a need for more schools out east.

"How would you like to spend an hour and a half on a bus trying to get to school every morning?" Noel Burke asked.

The consultant's favored pick could cost nearly $150 million.  Superintendent Barbara Thompson says the system needs help to bring quality education to Montgomery County.

"You can't do that unless you're getting county and city support, and that's just something I think people are going to have to invest in," Thompson explained.

One proposal would also combine LAMP, Baldwin, and B.T.W. schools into one giant magnet school in the current Lanier High School building.

The final recommendation will be presented to the Montgomery County Board of Education on December 9th.

MPS will host two additional meetings Tuesday at Floyd Middle School and Robert E. Lee High School, scheduled for 6:30PM

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