Education

The new high school is open. Take a look at Lexington’s next elementary.

This is a draft rendering of Lexington’s proposed elementary school at 4701 Athens-Boonesboro Road, expected to open for the 2019-20 school year.
This is a draft rendering of Lexington’s proposed elementary school at 4701 Athens-Boonesboro Road, expected to open for the 2019-20 school year. EOP Architects/Fayette County Public Schools

On Monday, the Fayette County school board approved the design development documents for the construction of a new elementary school at 4701 Athens-Boonesboro Road.

Myron Thompson, district senior operations and support director, provided a draft rendering from EOP Architects of the new school set to open for the 2019-20 school year. Construction could start in spring 2018, Thompson said at Monday’s regular monthly school board meeting,

The school, with an estimated construction cost of $21.7 million and a capacity of 750 students, would be near Edythe J. Hayes Middle School. The Athens-Chilesburg area has seen rapid growth since 2015, school officials have said.

The project wouldbe financed through a bond issue and is subject to the approval of the Kentucky Department of Education, according to board documents in Monday’s meeting agenda.

The building would be 80,000 square feet. In 2016, the board approved paying Centenary United Methodist Church $2.7 million for 39 acres next to Edythe J. Hayes Middle School for a new elementary, Thompson has said previously.

District officials have spent several years looking for a site for a new middle school in east Lexington.

Board chairwoman Melissa Bacon said Monday that the district will want state-of-the art technology and instruction in the district’s new elementary and middle schools, as it has at the new Frederick Douglass High School.

Valarie Honeycutt Spears: 859-231-3409, @vhspears

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