New tennis courts in store for GCHS

April 14, 2004|JIM LOGAN

LANCASTER - After nearly 30 years of waiting, Garrard County High School is going to get new tennis courts.

Garrard County Board of Education formally set in motion Tuesday night the construction of three new courts for $199,000.

"What a real moment," said board member Greg Crutchfield. "We've been waiting for this for how many years now?"

"This is about 28 years in the making," said Jill Stevens, who coaches tennis at Garrard with her husband, Mike.

"It's like Christmas morning for me," said Will Stevens, the coaches' son who is a junior and a member of the tennis team.

Elementary school expansion projects approved

The decision to begin the process of building the courts was one of two major projects given the green light. The board also approved expansion projects at Paint Lick and Lancaster elementary schools. The combined price tag for the projects is $727,641, said Superintendent Ray Woolsey.


Paint Lick will see its cafeteria expanded by 2,000 square feet and get a bus canopy, while Lancaster will get a two-story addition with restrooms on top and a resource classroom below. It also will get a bus canopy.

But it was the tennis courts that generated real excitement.

Jill Stevens, who graduated from Garrard in 1977, said her husband had been lobbying for new courts since '76. He's a '77 alumnus, too.

"It's funny," said Jill Stevens, "me and my husband both played here when we were our son's age."

The representative for the board's architect, Ross-Tarrant of Lexington, said that his firm had tried designs with three and four courts, but recommended the smaller option.

"I think three courts is a better buy for your money," said Jeff Stivers.

Courts will be lighted

The new courts will be lighted and have 10-foot-high fences around them. They'll also get drinking fountains.

For each project, the board approved taking the first of four steps required by the state. Known as a BG-1, for buildings and grounds, it is essentially an application laying out the physical and financial plans for a project. The sooner the paperwork is sent down the gantlet of the bureaucracy, the quicker work can officially begin on the projects.

"We'd really like to do this as soon as we can so we can get this started by the summer," Stivers said.

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