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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – This morning the superintendent of the Dallas Independent School District made a major announcement, possibly affecting thousands of employees and costing millions of dollars.

Superintendent Michael Hinojosa announced a plan to purchase a 16-story building and move school district headquarters from 3700 Ross Avenue to a sky-rise at Central Expressway and Walnut Hill Lane.

Currently, the offices handling the administrative operations of the school system, that has 157,000 children, are scattered across the city. The plan is to bring many of those departments together at the Central Expressway location.

The high-rise currently houses some DISD administrative offices, but with the $46 million purchase of the building the district would transition a number of offices to the high-rise over the next few years.

The move would not affect students attending the more than 200 DISD schools. The major shift would be for the almost 2,000 DISD employees who work in administration.

As it stands the plan for the centralized education center is simply a proposal. The DISD school board would have to give their approval before the district could move forward with the purchase, but that could happen as soon as Thursday.

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