STANFORD - Lincoln County Board of Education members made definitive progress Thursday toward the creation of a new sixth-grade center. A vote of four to one passed a motion to invite project bids from three architectural firms, with Randy McGuffey dissenting.
The firms were recommended by board members themselves, and will be Sherman Carter Barnhart, Tate Hill Jacobs and Clotfelter Samokar, all of Lexington.
It will take some time to get the bids and approve one, said Board of Education Chairman Jim Kelley.
"I think it will be the first of the year before we have anything to look at," Kelley said.
The board was allowed to take bids after the state signed off last week on their building project. The new center was needed to help mitigate overcrowding in several elementaries throughout the county, including Stanford and Hustonville.
The board first addressed the problem last year, with much debate and disagreement between board members and the school facility planning commission. After plans A-E failed, both groups agreed to build onto the middle school and create a special center for sixth graders.