If things go according to Scott County Schools Superintendent Kevin Hub’s wishes, a new high school would open in the county by August 2019 to serve 1,500 students, at a cost of $68 million.
Hub addressed about 70 people at a public forum Tuesday at Scott County High School.
The 1,500 is double the number of students previously discussed, with about an increase of $20 million for construction. “We are trying to double the number of students without doubling the cost,” Hub said, maintaining that a smaller school would be over capacity on opening day.
Hub also said that the location of the school, which he said would be named Great Crossing High School, on land now holding Elkhorn Crossing is likely to change.
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Also, he said, it’s possible that Elkhorn and Great Crossing could be physically linked, although the college prep tracks at Elkhorn Crossing, which include engineering and law and justice, would not change. The school district is interviewing architects to redesign the project, he said.
Building Great Crossing faces significant hurdles, including a tax increase for construction. Hub said he hopes the school board will approve the tax increase in January. Two of the five school board seats are on the November ballot.
Should a tax increase be approved, the public would have an option to seek a referendum on it.
Nearly all the questions from the audience at the forum asked for clarification of plans for the school that has been under discussion for at least a decade.
At 2,400 students, Scott County is one of the largest schools in the state and is about 20 percent over capacity. Hub said with the opening of Great Crossing, each of Scott County’s high schools would have 1,500 students.