The Madison County School System is moving ahead with plans for a $46 million Monrovia high school.
The school is meant to take some students from overcrowded Sparkman High School.
At its meeting Thursday night, the school board approved a $156 million capital plan which includes the Monrovia high school project.
A design and location for the school haven't been selected but school leaders say it's making steady progress.
"We certainly hope to have it open in 2016. That's our plan," Madison County Schools Superintendent David Copeland. "It takes about two to two and a half years once you turn dirt, so we're actively trying to get this to a point that we start turning dirt.
"The enormity of a high school, the size of it, takes a little bit longer. We can put up an intermediate school in about 14 months."
School officials say they hope to have a location for the new school and start construction by next spring or summer.