UPDATE: Lawrence Co.Ky. Schools Sending Facilities Plan to State Board

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 10/29/13 @ 11:50 p.m.
LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- A plan to build new schools and renovate older schools is moving forward in Lawrence County Ky.

The school district wants to build a new 400-student elementary school to replace Louisa West.

School officials also plan on building a new Lawrence County Vocational Technology Center, as well as upgrading security at all school facilities in the county.

The plan also calls for major renovation projects at Blaine and Fallsburg elementary schools.

The board hopes to send the plan to the Kentucky Board of Education for approval as early as Friday.

LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- The Lawrence County Ky. Board of Education is going back to the drawing board on their School Facilities plan after the community gave a thumbs down to a plan this week.

Every five years, Kentucky schools are required to update their local facilities plan.

Last week the district held a public forum to get input from the community on a possible plan.

An architect was brought in to see how the district could best utilize it's facilities. His plan suggested that 6th, 7th and 8th graders from Blaine and Fallsburg schools consolidate with Louisa Middle School. The suggestion was to form a Lawrence County Middle School.

The plan also includes replacing Louisa West Elementary, which was built in 1954.

At last week's meeting, the community did not approve of this plan.

A committee formed to help work out the plan sided with the community and struck the plan down.

Superintendent Mike Armstrong says he is glad the community showed up and voiced their opinions.

"There are always components of a plan that sometimes meet a thumbs up or thumbs down reaction from the community. This reaction was met with a thumbs down and the committee listened to that and said we'll strike that off the list, but we'll keep going, looking at how to best meet the facility needs over the next five years," Armstrong said.

Armstrong says now that this plan has been striked out, they will go back to the drawing board.

The architect is now working on a new plan, that will be discussed Tuesday, October 29.

A public forum is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Lawrence County High School Library. A committee meeting will be held directly after.

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