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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

Montgomery Public School officials have built a number of new schools recently, and now they're looking for more land.

The school board voted to allow Superintendent Barbara Thompson to begin negotiations on two pieces of property.

A unanimous vote by the school board could result in a new home for the public school system's central office.

"It would make us a lot more efficient and effective," says Thompson.

Thompson says the main public school building on Decatur Street is too small--making communication a headache.

"Right now if I want to talk to my person in assessment, I have to get in my car and go down to the assessment office," adds Thompson.

The plan is to purchase or lease an already existing building to consolidate all the administration offices.

But at what cost?

"We think we could get something under the amount that we're currently spending."

The board also voted 6-1 for Thompson to start negotiations on property for the new Montgomery Technical Education Center.

Right now, the plan is to open in the old McIntyre Middle School-which was recently closed as part of the board's consolidation plan.

Crews are currently sprucing it up for fall classes while officials nail down a more permanent location.

"We're going in the new property because we can design it to make it much more effective to what we need," adds Thompson.

The Superintendent says stimulus funds will help pay for the technical school's build out.

The central office money will come from what they're already spending now--just re-directed to one location that will house all departments.

The Superintendent hopes to finish property negotiations by August.

School board Chairman Charlotte Meadows abstained from voting for the technical school property negotiations.

She says she didn't feel she had enough information to cast a vote.

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