STANFORD - An architectural firm with a long-standing history of building for the Lincoln County school system has been hired to design the board of education's latest project, a sixth-grade center on the Middle School campus.
Sherman Carter Barnhart, of Lexington, was unanimously approved Thursday by school board members to handle the project.
Board member Tom Blankenship said of the three firms possible, all were reputable but Sherman had dealt with local schools before. "They have knowledge of the site at the middle school, said Blankenship, "and that might save us a little time, and maybe a little money."
The firm's former Lincoln County projects includes the gymnasiums at Crab Orchard and Hustonville elementaries and the 2000 expansion of the middle school.
"I'm looking forward to working with them again," said Chairman Jim Kelley.
The sixth-grade center was approved by the board earlier this year after months of debate over how to stem crowding at several elementaries. In the board's final plan, sixth-grade students would be pooled at the center and leave room for the growing student population at Stanford and Hustonville elementaries.