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County on tight timeline to push plans for new Monrovia High

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The board must finalize a land deal in the upcoming weeks to meet a 2016 construction deadline. The board must finalize a land deal in the upcoming weeks to meet a 2016 construction deadline.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

The wheeling and dealing can now begin in the effort to get Madison County a new $46 million high school.

Tuesday night, the county school board authorized the superintendent to start negotiations to buy land for a new Monrovia High School. The board considered its options behind closed doors.

The school is supposed to provide Madison County schoolchildren with a brand new facility that can handle 1,600 students at a cost of $46 million. The new school will be paid for with BRAC money that the county must hurry up and use.

Tuesday, the board authorized Superintendent David Copeland to start negotiations for several different pieces of property in the 60-70 acre range the county is looking for.

The weak economy may actually be a benefit in the search.

"Land was pretty expensive in the 2007-2008 period," said Chief Operations Officer Kerry Wilkerson.

"The BRAC money's been available. We're on a timeline to have the school completed by June 2016, which is a very tight timeline. We're very anxious to get started," said Copeland.

To be finished by 2016, work on the school must begin by next spring, which means a deal to buy the land must be struck within the next few weeks.

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