Lafayette High School football fans will have a lot to cheer about at the end of the coming season.
The Fayette County school board voted unanimously Monday night to hire an architect to design a new stadium to replace the high school's worn facilities.
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Lafayette will be the last of the county's five high schools to get a new stadium.
”One more football season and then we move forward,“ Superintendent Stu Silberman said.
”It's certainly past its life cycle,“ said Mary Wright, chief operating officer for Fayette County schools.
The timeline of the stadium project will largely depend on the design of Strand Associates, the architectural firm selected to handle the project, Wright said.
The Madison, Wis.-based firm has an office in Lexington.
The board also approved the relocation of a school bus garage adjacent to Lafayette's stadium that was preventing expansion of the facility. The district will buy a property at 780 Miles Point Way, near Old Frankfort Pike, for $2.5 million to build the garage.
The board has been saving money for this project for a couple of years, Silberman said. Money for the project will come from the district's general fund.
”This is a great day for students at Lafayette,“ school board Chairman Larry Conner said.
The stadium has been in dire need of repair for years, said Tawn Snyder, president of the Lafayette High School football booster club.
”It's pretty cut and dry,“ he said of the current stadium. ”There's no fluff to it.“
The stadium's problems, which include a leaky press box, broken locks and outdated restrooms, can create a bad impression for out-of-town visitors, Snyder said.
”It's pretty much the same as it was when I was there,“ said Snyder, who graduated in 1987.
Everyone will be excited that plans for the renovation are finally coming to fruition, he said.
”It's our turn,“ Snyder said, ”and we'll wait for it with open arms whenever it's ready.“