State hearing on Casey school plan draws no public comment

March 04, 2004|BRENDA S. EDWARDS

LIBERTY - An official from the state Department of Education talked Tuesday night about construction of a new elementary school on the west side of Casey County.

Tim Lucas went over the proposed amended draft of the district facilities plan that the local school board submitted to the state. The district is preparing the architect/engineer cost and has already approved the amendment for a new school to consolidate Phillips, Phelps and Douglas elementaries.

The Casey County School Facilities Committee was on hand for the hearing, but there were no public comments made at the meeting nor were any written statements received prior to the hearing.

Lucas will submit a report later for consideration by the local Board of Education. The final proposal is scheduled to be submitted to the state school board at its April meeting.


If the plan is rejected by the state board, the local board must submit a modification to Lucas. If the plan is approved, a final proposal will be submitted to the state Department of Education, then go back before the state school board.

The first priority under the facilities plan is to construct the new school on Ky. 70 West, Ky. 49 or U.S. 127 South within 10 miles of Liberty. It will serve 600 students from the three elementary schools that are currently listed as transitional primary through sixth-grade facilities.

Liberty Elementary School is second on the list and includes construction of additions or expansions, kitchen, cafeteria, library, administrative areas, auditoriums and gymnasium.

Future plans call for expanding the middle school with a new staff office, work room, six new classrooms and an auditorium; a new auditorium for the high school; and renovation of the central office, bus garage and additional storage.

Currently, the Board of Education is constructing a new elementary school on Ky. 70 East, which will house students when Middleburg and Garrett elementaries are consolidated. Jones Park Elementary School is scheduled to open in 2005. The board will discuss the Jones Park design and the facilities plan at 6:30 p.m. today at the central office.

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