It's not feasible to offer sports at Scott County's proposed new high school when the first phase opens, a committee of citizens and school officials has suggested.
In addition, Scott County school board chairman Haley Conway told the Herald-Leader that whether the first phase will open in fall 2017 as planned will be discussed at a school board meeting on Thursday.
The special committee recently made the recommendation about athletics at the new school after assessing all the sports facilities owned by Scott County Schools and reviewing contracts involving the facilities the district now rents.
"The committee did not see how athletics could" initially be offered at the new high school, Conway said, given the lack of outdoor high school athletic facilities owned by Scott County Public Schools.
Scott County High plays football at Georgetown College and some other outdoor sports at city parks and recreation fields, Conway said.
"This is a districtwide problem," not just one involving the proposed new Great Crossing High School, Conway said.
The school board is set to vote Thursday whether to move forward on the new high school for a fall 2017 opening or to wait, Conway said.
Conway said he had received several telephone calls from parents who wanted their children to attend the new school but wanted sports offered when the first phase opened.
Conway said he wanted the new school to offer athletics from the outset.
"The district has to plan for athletics to be offered, and as of right now there is no plan," Conway said.
"I still think it might be in our best interest to put it off at least one year so that the new superintendent will have a major say-so in the direction of the school district and the new high school."
A new superintendent is expected to be hired in May. Scott County Superintendent Patricia Putty's contract ends June 30 and the new superintendent would begin July 1. The school board will start interviewing candidates in January, Conway said.
A second high school was proposed for Scott County to relieve overcrowding at Scott County High School. The proposed site is on Frankfort Road.
The $23 million first phase of the new high school would include classrooms for about 700 students in grades 9 through 12, but ultimately the new high school would have 1,500 students.
Additional classroom space and a gymnasium are scheduled to come in later phases of the three-phase project, Conway said.
The Georgetown News Graphic newspaper reported that in addition to Conway, school board member Stephanie Watson Powers said at a recent board meeting that she saw a need to hold off on starting construction of the project for a maximum of six months.
But Putty, the project's construction manager, the district's finance director and two other board members warned that the delay could increase the cost of the school, the newspaper said.