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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — An architect says it would cost less to build a high school for the community of Lockwood on the same property as the elementary school.

The community northeast of Billings plans to ask voters in May to approve a bond for the new school.

Montana lawmakers passed legislation in 2017 allowing elementary school districts with more than 1,000 students to ask voters to approve a bond for the construction of a high school.

The Billings Gazette reports Collaborative Design and Architects told the school board on Friday it would save more than $1 million by building the high school near the elementary school, rather than buying and developing another property. It also would allow elementary students to use some high school facilities.

School Board Chairman Tim Sather says the next step is to design the school.

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Information from: The Billings Gazette, http://www.billingsgazette.com