Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass plans to spend $2.2 million to renovate The Learning Center at Linlee building on Spurr Road for model towns to teach students about business and finance.
That announcement was one of several made at Monday’s Fayette County school board meeting about moves that will take place in the fall.
Booker T. Washington intermediate and primary schools on Price Road and Howard Street, respectively, will merge into the Howard Street building because a new elementary school that will open on Georgetown Road in August will draw students from the Booker T. Washington programs.
The Price Road building then will be used to house The Learning Center, a program launched in 2009 for students in grades 8-12 who thrive in a nontraditional school setting.
The Learning Center is now in the former Linlee Elementary School, which closed at the end of the 2007-08 school year.
Junior Achievement’s plans for the Linlee building, prepared by RossTarrant Architects, call for renovating approximately 13,500 square feet of space to accommodate administrative offices, public meeting space and the activity areas for students.
Junior Achievement Biztown, designed for fifth-graders, will have model businesses such as a bank, city hall, utilities center, realty office, restaurant, retail businesses and more. Students discover the real-life opportunities available in the free enterprise system as they become business operators, taxpayers and consumers for a day.
JA Finance Park will provide a hands-on personal budgeting simulation for middle school students.
“It’s an experiential learning facility,” said Lynn Hudgins, president of Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass.
A day at JA BizTown or Finance Park is always preceded by a series of lessons in the classroom, officials said.
Board members will vote on all the proposed moves in January.
In other action, the board approved the name Coventry Oak for the new elementary school on Georgetown Road. It was named for a new neighborhood called Coventry and the historical Oakwood neighborhood.
The board also approved the name Garrett Morgan Elementary another new elementary school, on Passage Mound Way. Morgan, a Paris native who died in 1963, was a renowned inventor.
Both elementary schools are 50 percent finished and expected to open in the fall.
A new high school on Winchester Road is 21 percent complete and expected to open in fall 2017, school officials said.