LAMP Move to Old Montgomery Mall Creates Controversy

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By Ellis Eskew

The Loveless Academic Magnet Program High School (LAMP) sits on West Jeff Davis Avenue.
But within the coming years it could soon have a new home at the old vacant Montgomery Mall.


Some parents have raised some concerns about the new location.
We asked parents on our facebook page what they thought.

Allyson Stauch Barganier says, "DO NOT LIKE IT AT ALL!!! Of any school that deserves a new building it is them. Those students work hard and when you have national recognition, I think you are owed something new and not a crappy old mall."

Superintendent Barbara Thompson says a new school just wasn't in the budget.

"Unfortunately, we have to be creative with our funds because we don't have money to build like another Carver High School, which was about 50 million dollars when you finished it. This will allow us to accommodate 2 high schools, and relatively half the cost," said Thompson.

However, another parent says she is looking forward to the new location.

Kimberly Christ says, "Nobody is OWED anything do your best and expect nothing in return...a new building is just a materialistic thing.. it will be great to use a building already there which will help the county save money and waste less.. putting the building to good multiple uses is a great idea..."

Thompson says the board has preliminary plans in place to renovate the mall as the school moves into the old Parisians building. And parents will be able to have more of a say in the matter once an architect is hired.

"I think the architect is when people have more input in terms of what it will actually look like. If they have any safety concerns or other issues, that's really what the architect works for in terms of design. If there's going to be a fence here, how the athletic fields will be situated. These kinds of questions could be answered," said Thompson.

LAMP is expected to move into the mall in August 2015.

 

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