Op-Ed

New high school wise investment for Scott County students, future

Kevin Hub, superintendent of Scott County Schools
Kevin Hub, superintendent of Scott County Schools

As superintendent of Scott County Schools, I believe the construction of a fully functioning 750-student high school is the logical next step for our district.

Our local planning committee first envisioned a new high school more than eight years ago. There has been much debate over this issue. Hot-button discussion points include athletic facilities, building in phases, equal opportunities for students, and cost.

If the Scott County Board of Education votes to levy a nickel facility tax and the community supports this action, the additional revenue will provide more than $40 million worth of debt-service payments for the construction costs of a brand new high school. Additionally, and historically, the state will match those funds, resulting in enough revenue to construct a complete package of athletic and extracurricular facilities.

We know that a second high school is best for students and that opening Great Crossing High School will enhance our local economy. We owe the Scott County community, and our students, a decision.

A new high school brings opportunity to our growing, thriving community. We can customize and personalize the learning experience for our students and increase the number of graduates who successfully transition to college and career. More students will earn college credits in a variety of subject areas and receive training in multiple career fields.

Great Crossing will offer in-demand, high-quality education programs. Doubling opportunities for students, this school will help Scott County High School continue on a trajectory of success. We will offer high-tech classes that prepare students for jobs in an emerging global economy. The new high school will be equipped with the most advanced technology and instructional resources.

A new school will drive economic success as excellence keeps moving forward. Scott County Schools must be on the forefront of innovation to not lose a competitive edge. We value partnerships with Bluegrass Community and Technical College, Georgetown College and business and industry leaders who challenge us to teach students the skills needed for workforce development. Great Crossing will give us a competitive edge and can serve as a tremendous recruiting tool for area businesses.

I know the citizens of Georgetown and Scott County value education and understand the importance of their investment in the future of our children. Education is the foundation of our future economic success and the return on investment is great. Rest assured that your financial support will result in tangible benefits for our students and community. This opportunity is a unique blessing of time and circumstance.

In absence of a petition, we will break ground this October and open the school with a full complement of academic and athletic offerings in August 2018.The stakes are high, but it is impossible to put a price tag on the dreams of our children.

There is plenty of work ahead seeing this project through to completion. Moving forward, we pledge to be thorough and transparent.

Contact fellow community members and ask for their support of the nickel facility tax. Please contact me at (502) 863-3663 with questions or concerns.

It is time to rally around this opportunity and make a difference, not only for our children, but for the economic future of our community. While vision without action is a daydream, vision with action can change the world.

Kevin Hub is superintendent of Scott County Schools.

Townhalls on new school

Discussions about proposed new Scott County high school and its funding will be held 7-8 pm. on Aug. 2 at John L. Hill Chapel on the campus of Georgetown College, Aug. 8 in the auditorium of Scott County High School and Aug. 16 at Grace Christian Church.

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