The Fayette County School Board is buying 37 acres adjacent to Edythe J. Hayes Middle School on Athens-Boonesboro Road for a new elementary school.
The board is buying the property from Centenary United Methodist Church for $2.2 million.
District officials said the new school probably would not be built before 2017.
The district is building a new high school that will open in 2017 and two new elementary schools — on Georgetown Road and Passage Mound Way that will open in 2016.
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