Casey sets meetings to discuss new school

January 27, 2004|BRENDA S. EDWARDS

LIBERTY - The Casey County Board of Education has scheduled three meetings and public forums before it will decide to make amendments to its facilities management plan to include construction of an elementary school on the west side of the county.

The first session will be 5:30 p.m. Thursday for a facilities plan committee meeting at the Casey County High School library. A public forum will begin at 6:30 p.m. to get input on the plan.

"The committee will go over the plans and decide what it wants to do first," said Superintendent Linda Hatter. Deva Jones is committee chairman.

The second meeting of the committee will be 5:30 p.m. and a public form at 6 p.m. Feb. 5 in the high school library.


The final public forum will be 5:30 p.m. and the committee meeting at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 12 also in the high school library.

The Board of Education agreed at its Jan. 12 meeting to change the facilities plan and get the plan ready for consideration at the state Department of Education's March meeting agenda.

A new school on the west side would consolidate Douglas Elementary on Ky. 49, Phillips Elementary on Ky. 70, and Phelps Elementary in the southern portion of Casey County.

Superintendent Linda Hatter said the school could be located within a 10-mile radius of Ky. 70 West and Ky. 49 North.

Phillips Elementary is within 10 miles of school board administrative offices, Douglas is nine miles and Phelps is 16 miles, the longest distance from the offices, Hatter said.

In the meantime, a survey is being made on student population and bus routes in the three districts.

"We are looking at the population clusters in the districts and check out the transportation routes," Hatter said.

Four new classrooms were added to the new Jones Park Elementary in eastern Casey County. Several of the students that attend Phelps Elementary could be moved to the new school if necessary, Hatter said.

The committee also is looking at Liberty Elementary, the next school on the priority list for renovations, she said.

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