Scott County taking right steps on schools

The Scott County School Board this week began a public discussion about how to address serious overcrowding in the district, a situation that is only likely to get worse in the fast-developing county. Early indications, no surprise, are that it's a tough problem.

The most pressing need, a new high school, is estimated to cost $50 million to $64 million, depending on the number of students it's built to accommodate.

But the school system has only $14.85 million of bonding capacity, $8 million of which is already committed to an elementary school project.

The community has some big decisions coming up, and it's quite likely that some kind of tax increase will be in the mix.

School Superintendent Patricia Putty has proposed beginning a phased construction of a new high school, but she says nothing is set in stone yet.

She and the board, which will have two new members after last week's election, have done the right thing by beginning an open, public discussion of the options for the district, their costs, and the impact each could have on the quality of public education in Scott County.