Two Montgomery Public Schools and the operations sections of the system's central administration will soon have a new space to call home. A vote by the MPS Board at Wednesday's called meeting allows the Montgomery Technical Education Center (MTEC) and Loveless Academic Magnet Program (LAMP) to move into newly renovated spaces in the former Montgomery Mall over the next two years.
"The new schools won't look like an old mall," said Superintendent Barbara W. Thompson. "The educational areas will be tailored for the schools' individual program needs, and the area surrounding the new complex will look more like a college campus than a renovated retail space."
LAMP will occupy the former Parisians building and MTEC will call the former JCPenny's site home. MTEC was scheduled to go into the Parisians space, but further research showed the JCPenny's building to be more suitable for their programs.
[EXTRA: Rendered Drawings of the new schools]
The 20 acre site will include physical education facilities, a baseball field, green spaces, and separate parking and entrances for the two schools. MTEC will occupy approximately 70,000 square feet, and LAMP around 50,000 square feet. In addition, the Central Office Operations Complex will occupy approximately 100,000 square feet.
MTEC will use the close proximity to Trenholm State Technical College to allow students to take college courses and receive advanced training and certifications while in high school.
The purchase price for the space is $1,075,000 and total renovation cost for the two schools is expected to be around $19 million – including construction, furnishings and equipment. The cost to renovate the operations space is still being determined. Both schools are expected to be ready for occupation as soon as possible, but no later than the fall of 2015.
"I am so excited for the students, parents and faculties of these two programs," added Superintendent Thompson. "They are both very unique and need spaces that will provide the specific learning environments that will help each student get the very best education from these outstanding programs."
INFORMATION SOURCE: Montgomery Public School System