A $62 million construction contract with D.W. Wilburn Inc. for a new Lexington high school has been approved by the Fayette County school board.
Construction is scheduled to start in June, and the school is expected to open in fall 2017.
D.W. Wilburn was the low bidder among three general contractors, according to board documents. The bid was approved Tuesday.
The school, which will be the sixth regular public high school in Fayette County, will be built on 65 acres at 2000 Winchester Road. It is expected to be about 285,790 square feet and serve 1,800 students.
According to board documents, teachers provided direction in how space in the building could be used.
The district also is building two more elementary schools. Site preparation has begun, and they are set to open in fall 2016.
A 650-student elementary school will be on 15 acres east of Interstate 75 at Passage Mound Way. The low bid for the 73,000-square-foot facility was received from Griggs Enterprises.
The other new elementary school will be on 15 acres at Georgetown and Spurr roads. It, too, is approximately 73,000 square feet and also will serve 650 students. The low bid was from D.W. Wilburn Inc.