MPS to move forward with sale of old Harrison Elementary School

MPS to move forward with sale of old Harrison Elementary School

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The Montgomery County Board of Education held its first meeting since voting not to sell Georgia Washington Middle School to the Town of Pike Road in a special called meeting earlier this month.

The board meeting, held Tuesday at Carver High School Auditorium, was expected to take action on several items like the sale of Real property, Quesbook Contract and Discovery Education Contract.

After 25 minutes in executive session, the board unanimously agreed to move forward with the sale of Harrison Elementary School located on East South Boulevard. The school was one of eight MPS schools to close back in 2011.

An offer was made by Restoration Baptist Church, who has been leasing the property for more than a year. MPS Board President, Robert Porterfield, said the selling price would be around $385,000 and would be a big help for the school system.

"We are in a financial strain. This will be a little something to help," said Porterfield. "When you are financially strained you look for every option that is out there."

With the budget passing last month, Montgomery Chief Education Officer, Dr. Reginald Eggleston includes $4.7 million in expenditure cuts, which is equivalent to 81 full-time MPS employees. Porterfield said those are projections and the board will begin evaluating options beginning Wednesday during their work session.

The MPS work session will begin Wednesday at 5 p.m. in the MPS Central Office.

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