MPS Superintendent looks to consolidate Central Office

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Montgomery Public Schools Superintendent Barbara Thompson says lately she has felt more like a real estate agent. "I do because we are dealing with all these properties," she says.

It's not just closing schools and rezoning the superintendent's talking about. She's looking to consolidate the system's central office. Right now, there are 14 central office buildings.

Thompson says centralizing the central office to one location would save time and money.

The system spends more than a half-million dollars a year on utility costs for those 14 buildings. Estimates show consolidating to one building would save the system as much as $300,000.

Consolidating all central office personnel under one roof would require a building with at least 50,000 square feet.  She says they are looking, but so far nothing is set in stone.  They are still trying to figure out what they would do with those 14 buildings, if they consolidate. 

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