Casey hopes to build another new school

January 15, 2004|BRENDA S. EDWARDS

LIBERTY - Design work for the new Jones Park Elementary School on Ky. 70 East is progressing, and plans are in the making to build another elementary to consolidate three schools in the western portion of Casey County.

The county Board of Education talked Monday night about the two elementary projects and the renovation project at the middle school.

Larry Schwering of Lucas/Schwering Architects in Lexington said the construction site for Jones Park Elementary has sufficient water service for a sprinkler system in the new building.

Since the board has not decided yet to expand the Family Resource Center to provide for additional child care, health and human services in the new school, the board can include that plan and four additional classrooms later in an alternative bid.


The board approved offers of assistance from the state Department of Education school facilities construction commission for $3,388,624 in bonds for the new elementary school, and $108,865 annual debt service on bonds to be sold for the purpose of construction.

A plan for better traffic flow in front of the new school was discussed.

Schwering has been working with the state Transportation Cabinet's district office in Somerset to reduce the speed limit and build turning lanes on the two-lane highway in front of the school. By reducing the speed limit from 55 to 35 miles per hour, Schwering said the cost could be reduced by a third because the turning lanes can be shorter.

The board instructed Superintendent Linda Hatter to draft a letter to request the speed limit be decreased and for turning lanes to be installed. Schwering said state engineers will do a speed study to evaluate the traffic flow before a decision is made.

The school district will have to pay for the road project but will be reimbursed fully by the state Transportation Cabinet, he said.

A schematic design for the new school has been approved by the state Department of Education. Schwering is focusing on getting plans together and back to the building committee for approval before presenting them to the school board.

The board agreed in December to revise its school facilities plan to build a new elementary school in the western portion of the county that would consolidate Douglas, Phelps and Phillips schools. The board wants to get the matter on the March agenda of the state Board of Education.

Hatter said since the students are widespread, the school could be within 10 miles from Liberty either on Ky. 70 West or Ky. 49 North. A community meeting will be scheduled, and a survey of where students live and the bus routes will be made soon.

The board also approved a $357,754 payment for mechanical equipment to Doss & Horky of Danville for the middle school heating and air conditioning renovation project. The company works at the school after 3 p.m. each day so classes will not be disturbed.

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