Monrovia, Ala. (WHNT) – Madison County Schools Superintendent Dr. David Copeland is in the process of negotiating a land purchase for a new high school in Monrovia. The talks were dependent on authorization from the school board, which was granted this week.
The school system already owns more than 90 acres on McKee Road near Toney. The plan in 2011 was to build a new high school there. However, funding concerns postponed the project. Then, the Monrovia area experienced a tremendous amount of growth. Dr. Copeland says that made it clear the new school was needed farther south.
Dr. Copeland wouldn’t provide any details of sites currently under consideration, although he does want to move quickly. Crews will need to break ground in Spring to have the campus open by Fall 2016. The $46 million school will hold 1,600 students. Most of the cost will be covered by BRAC funding.
As far as the ideal site, Dr. Copeland says at least 60 acres are needed for the buildings and athletic facilities. Traffic flow is also of importance, with the superintendent citing accessibility and safety as primary concerns.