State OKs site for Casey school

November 11, 2003|BRENDA S. EDWARDS

LIBERTY - Site selection for a new $6.5 million elementary school in eastern Casey County has been approved by the state Department of Education, the geotechnical investigation on the school site has been completed, and the next step is design development.

The construction time was extended from 13 months to 17 months, and the building will not be ready for use until the spring of 2006.

Larry Schwering, architect for Lucas/Schwering Architects in Lexington, told the Casey County Board of Education Monday that all of the items on the "dream sheet" from school personnel and parents were addressed and the next level is to focus on each space.

He said the schematic design will be sent to the state Department of Education for review.

Chris Howard, a landscape architect with John Carman Associates, described the grounds around the proposed school that will replace Middleburg and Garrett elementary schools. Two separate entrances are planned; one for buses and the other for vehicle traffic. Loading and parking for buses will be in back of the school, and parents can drop off students in the front area near a 85-space parking lot.


Soccer fields are planned to the south of the front parking lot with a buffer to separate them from traffic. The fields will be surrounded by a quarter-mile walking track.

Howard said the old maple trees on the property will have to be removed because they are getting too large and may cause problems as they mature. He suggested the black oak trees be saved and the maples be replaced with larger trees, flowering trees and shrubs along the boulevard leading to the school.

Updating the board on the building plans, Mark Clary, an architect with Lucas/Schwering, showed proposed building plans chosen by the planning committee. A traditional design was selected, according to Superintendent Linda Hatter.

The school will be built to house 500 students and will have a combined 200-seat gymnasium-auditorium, cafeteria with outdoor court yard, media center with outside classroom, a large entrance area in front, and work and storage rooms. Each classroom will have a restroom. The school also will include rooms for the family resource center.

The building will have 65,000 square-feet that will cost between $116-$118 per square foot, Clary said.

The board approved the schematic design, and a $450 contract with Landmark Sprinkler Co. to test the water flow on hydrants near the site. Schwering said the tests will determine if a sprinkler system can be used in the building.

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