LIBERTY - A 40-acre tract on Ky. 70 East will be the site for a new East Casey County elementary school to consolidate Middleburg and Garrett elementaries, in compliance with state recommendations.
The Board of Education agreed unanimously Friday night to pay $275,000 for the land that belongs to Lina Wells.
The decision was made after a 48-minute executive session during a special meeting, according to Superintendent Linda Hatter.
The state Department of Education suggested at least 20 acres, and the board agreed earlier to buy extra land for a playground and future expansion. The architect and state Department of Education also gave their nods of approval of the property.
"We felt like we wanted a facility that can be used for 50 years and purchased the extra land for expansion," said Don Sweeney, board chairman. "We also think it will be a safe place to have a school."
He expects construction to begin with in three to six months. He said it will take very little work to get the land ready for construction. "Every dollar we don't spend on site preparation can go into the building," he said.