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Tuscaloosa Co. BOE approves plan for new Holt High School

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TUSCALOOSA COUNTY, AL (WBRC) -

The Tuscaloosa County School Board has approved a plan to build a new Holt High School.

Holt High School, built in 1941, is the oldest building in the Tuscaloosa County School system. Parents, alumni and others have complained for years that kids in Holt deserve a new school.

Tuscaloosa County Superintendent Elizabeth Swinford said she's already meeting with architects to come up with a designs for a new campus.

But Swinford doesn't have the money to build the school just yet. In addition, Holt currently sits on a 20-acre lot while most modern high schools take up about 40-acres.

Swinford explained how they'll decide where a new Holt High School should be built.

"Go back to the community and let them know if we build here, this is how limited we'll be. If we go somewhere else, this is what we can do and we can expand and build a school for more children. But it's in their community, it's their school. I'm going to get their input, their feedback and briing that back to the board as we work through the process in deciding where to build it," Swinford said.

Swinford said the next step in the process for a new Holt includes going before the Tuscaloosa County Commission and asking commissioners to extend the one cent sales tax for schools so money from it can be used for a new Holt High School.

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