MPS Board members tour possible site of new central office

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Montgomery County School Board members took the first step toward possibly consolidating central office operations.  They toured 60 Commerce Street, the old Union Bank building in Downtown Montgomery.

Superintendent Barbara Thompson has proposed consolidating central office functions in one building instead of the eight now in use, a move she says would save money.

School Board President Charlotte Meadows said the consolidation would also streamline and make the operation more efficient.

"If we can save money doing that, that's something we at least have to consider," she said.

The superintendent says the plan could save the system as much as a million dollars.  But with the changes the school board has made already, some board members wonder whether the MPS administration is trying to do too much too soon.

"We're not in the business of buying and selling, we're getting away from teaching and learning and that's an issue for me."

Board President Charlotte Meadows shares some of those concerns.

"I want to make sure we very successfully starting the school year in August with everything done that we can possibly do to get ready," Meadows said. "And certainly putting one more pan on the fire may not be the best way to go about doing that."

Meadows said she is keeping an open mind about the possible move.  She said school leaders will check out another undisclosed site later this week.

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