New Casey school hinges on passage of state budget

April 13, 2004|BRENDA S. EDWARDS

LIBERTY - Casey County could get another new elementary school if the state legislature approves the new budget.

Superintendent Linda Hatter made the announcement Monday night at a Board of Education meeting at Phelps Elementary School, one of the schools that would move to the new facility.

If the plan is approved, Phelps, Phillips and Douglas elementary schools will consolidate into one school on the western side of the county.

"The money is in the budget for the new school in Casey County," said Hatter.

She said the project is on a list of nine new schools proposed for funding in the state budget. She said Casey will have $4.7 million for bonding authority in fiscal year 2006.


"Mark Ryles (of the state Department of Education) said if the legislature approves the budget, you will get another school in Casey County," Hatter told the board, administrators, teachers and parents at the meeting. "Hopefully, when the budget is approved, we will be at the top of the list."

The board voted in February to seek state approval for the new school, and the plan was approved last week, Hatter said.

Plans progressing on Jones Park Elementary

If the state appropriates the money, this will make the second new consolidated elementary school for the county. Plans are currently progressing on the new Jones Park Elementary School on East Ky. 70 which will consolidate Middleburg and Garrett elementaries.

Mark Clary, representing Lucas/Schwering Architects in Lexington, which is designing the new Jones Park school, gave a report on the design. He said geotechnical work is finished and shows the ground is suitable for the school.

He also wanted to know about security locks for the classroom doors at the new school. Existing classroom doors are locked from the outside, but new doors can be locked from the inside. Most of the people agreed that locks on the inside would be better.

"A teacher could get shot if she had to lock the door from the outside," said Phelps Principal Jimmy Thrasher.

Groundbreaking for Jones Park Elementary will be scheduled after the July 14 bond sale, Clary said.

Middle school renovation project ahead of schedule

A renovation project at Casey Middle School is ahead of schedule, said Hatter. The school is getting a new heating and air conditioning system. Construction is expected to be complete by May 19.

Hatter said the school system's insurance company has agreed to pay $31,000 to repair a mobile unit at Douglas Elementary that was damaged by fire.

She said if the board chooses to replace the unit, it will probably cost $58,000 to purchase the unit and build new decking. Action was delayed on the project.

The board approved a $89,735 payment to Doss & Horky for work on the middle school renovation; a $2,806 bill to resurface a driveway at the middle school; and $1,295 in change orders pertaining to electrical changes at the middle school.

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