Education

Athens-Boonesboro site being eyed for another Fayette elementary school

Wellington Elementary on Keithshire Drive is Lexington’s newest elementary school. It opened in August 2011. Two more elementary schools, on Georgetown Road and Passage Mound Way, are set to open this fall, and Fayette County Public Schools has identified a site on Athens-Boonesboro Road for another one.
Wellington Elementary on Keithshire Drive is Lexington’s newest elementary school. It opened in August 2011. Two more elementary schools, on Georgetown Road and Passage Mound Way, are set to open this fall, and Fayette County Public Schools has identified a site on Athens-Boonesboro Road for another one. Staff File Photo

Fayette County Public Schools officials have found a 40-acre site on Athens-Boonesboro Road that would be suitable for a new elementary school.

Financial terms are being negotiated, Myron Thompson, acting senior director of operations and support, said Monday night

The property, near Edythe J. Hayes Middle School, is owned by Centenary United Methodist Church.

Two new elementary schools are set to open in the fall, and officials have been looking for a site for another one.

School board members voted Monday night to approve a memorandum of agreement with the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government to connect the property to the city’s sanitary sewer system because the land is outside the Urban Service Area.

Some parents have expressed concerns recently that more elementary schools are set to have portable classrooms in the fall because of overcrowding. School officials have said they hope the proposed school on the Athens-Boonesboro site would ease the problem.

Also on Monday, the school board approved a plan that will lead to several changes for several school buildings.

Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass plans to spend $2.2 million to renovate The Learning Center at Linlee building on Spurr Road for model towns to teach students about business and finance. The school district’s contribution will be $1.

Booker T. Washington intermediate and primary schools on Price Road and Howard Street, respectively, will merge into the Howard Street building because a new elementary school that will open on Georgetown Road in August will draw students from the Booker T. Washington programs.

The Price Road building will be used to house The Learning Center, a program launched in 2009 for students in grades 8-12 who thrive in a nontraditional school setting.

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

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