On Monday, the Fayette County school board approved the design development documents for the construction of a new elementary school at 4701 Athens-Boonesboro Road.
Myron Thompson, district senior operations and support director, provided a draft rendering from EOP Architects of the new school set to open for the 2019-20 school year. Construction could start in spring 2018, Thompson said at Monday’s regular monthly school board meeting,
The school, with an estimated construction cost of $21.7 million and a capacity of 750 students, would be near Edythe J. Hayes Middle School. The Athens-Chilesburg area has seen rapid growth since 2015, school officials have said.
The project wouldbe financed through a bond issue and is subject to the approval of the Kentucky Department of Education, according to board documents in Monday’s meeting agenda.
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The building would be 80,000 square feet. In 2016, the board approved paying Centenary United Methodist Church $2.7 million for 39 acres next to Edythe J. Hayes Middle School for a new elementary, Thompson has said previously.
District officials have spent several years looking for a site for a new middle school in east Lexington.
Board chairwoman Melissa Bacon said Monday that the district will want state-of-the art technology and instruction in the district’s new elementary and middle schools, as it has at the new Frederick Douglass High School.