(WRCB) – Plans are moving forward to build a new Ooltewah Middle School.

In a vote of six-to-one Hamilton County commissioners voted this morning to hire Franklin Architects to design the new school.

In October, the school board approved phase one of a facilities plan, which includes the building of two new schools, one in Ooltewah one in East Brainerd.

County leaders say they're keeping an eye on the eastern part of the county, which has seen significant growth over the past decade.