Fayette board to discuss buying land on Georgetown Road for elementary school

vhoneycutt@herald-leader.comNovember 10, 2013 

The last elementary school built in Lexington was Wellington Elementary on Keithshire Way. It opened in August 2011. Fayette County Public Schools has said it will build three more, including one proposed at Georgetown and Spurr roads.


A proposal to buy 15 acres of land on Georgetown Road for a new Lexington elementary school will be discussed Monday at a school board planning meeting.

Fayette County Public Schools spokeswoman Lisa Deffendall confirmed that the board would be asked at its Nov. 25 meeting to approve the purchase of land at 2550 Georgetown Road for $1.5 million from Haymaker Development Co. for a school that will hold 650 students.

The district is in the process of obtaining approval from the state Department of Education to put a school at the site at Georgetown and Spurr roads. The area surrounding the proposed school has been divided into a residential subdivision, according to board documents.

Two elementary schools in the area, Sandersville and Booker T. Washington, are full, Deffendall said.

The proposed Georgetown Road school is one of the three elementaries Fayette County plans to build to address overcrowding. The most recent one, Wellington Elementary on Keithshire Way, opened in 2011.

The district has grown by 750 students each year for the past nine years, Deffendall said.

All of Lexington's high schools and several middle and elementary schools are over capacity, she said.

Also on Monday, the board will discuss moving ahead with construction of a 650-student elementary school on 15 acres north of Interstate 75 at 1281 Deer Haven Lane,

The design for the $18.9 million project must begin immediately to be ready for occupancy in August 2016, according to board documents. In October, the board approved Moody-Nolan Architects, based in Columbus, Ohio, as the design consultant for that school.

District officials continue to look for property for a third elementary school and new high and middle schools.

The district also plans to buy the former Winn-Dixie building in a shopping plaza at South Broadway and Virginia Avenue for the STEAM Academy (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math), a high school that opened in August in temporary quarters at the old Johnson Elementary School.

That academy is a joint effort of the school district and the University of Kentucky, and it features new teaching techniques.

Meanwhile, the school board recently approved renovation of several schools in hopes of improving capacity.

Deffendall said the building and renovation projects were possible because of a 2007 property tax increase dedi cated to facility improvements.

"We're grateful for the incredible support of our community to be able to do these projects and improve facilities for students," she said.

Valarie Honeycutt Spears: (859) 231-3409. Twitter: @vhspears.

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