Tates Creek High School hasn’t had a major renovation since 1993.
Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, built more than 25 years ago, has never had a major renovation.
Fayette County Public Schools officials have looked for several years for a new site for the STEAM Academy.
All of those situations, a proposed new elementary and new middle school, and other projects are likely to be discussed Wednesday at a public forum.
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The meeting at 5:30 p.m. at STEAM Academy will be with the Local Planning Committee, which includes teachers, school leaders, parents, Central Office staff and community leaders. The committee is charged with developing a districtwide plan that the state school board must approve by 2017.
Parents and other residents who want to make recommendations for the plan can do so at the public forum.
Under Kentucky law, every school district must have a plan approved by the state school board every four years.
Having a project in the plan doesn’t mean that the project will occur; it just means that it’s a district priority.
In the past few weeks, committee members have toured Tates Creek and Paul Laurence Dunbar high schools, and on Wednesday, they will tour the STEAM Academy.
A $14.5 million Tates Creek High School renovation is under consideration. That would include the kitchen, the cafeteria, heating and air conditioning, exterior and interior lighting, the roof, plumbing, and the intercom and phone systems, and it would convert two classrooms into computer labs.
At Dunbar, a proposed $17.6 million project calls for renovations of the heating, air conditioning and roof, and a secure entrance and perimeter. Twelve new classrooms are proposed at a cost of $3.1 million.
The committee will decide whether “we’re putting Dunbar and Tates Creek high on the priority list for future renovations,” said Myron Thompson, the district’s senior director of operations and support.
District officials have had a few unsuccessful attempts to find a new site for STEAM Academy for 600 students, estimated in 2013 to cost $22.8 million. That program, which focuses on science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics, is in the East Sixth Street building that was once home to Johnson Elementary School. The building is considered too old to meet the needs of STEAM Academy’s instructional program.
District officials said in December that STEAM Academy would not be moved to a planned University of Kentucky site because the site didn’t meet state environmental safety standards.
District officials also are trying to secure a site for a new elementary school on Athens-Boonesboro Road near Edythe J. Hayes Middle School by negotiating with Centenary United Methodist Church.
Other possible projects for the new plan would be a renovation and eight new classrooms at Henry Clay High School, totaling about $17 million; 12 new classrooms at Beaumont Middle School and other renovations for about $6.7 million; a $16.2 million renovation at Lafayette High School; and expansions of the cafeteria and gym at Winburn and Southern middle schools. All cost estimates are from 2013, district officials said.
Proposals for renovations at Northern Elementary School and Booker T. Washington Primary School are under consideration by the committee, as are renovations at the two district technical centers and Central Office.
If you go
What: Fayette County Public Schools’ Local Planning Committee public forum.
When: 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Where: STEAM Academy, 123 East Sixth Street, Lexington.