Update: Fayette County School Board Approves Land Purchase For New High School

Reported by: Tom Kenny
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Updated: 12/16/2013 10:37 pm
The Fayette County Board of Education voted unanimously Monday evening to spend $5.6 million to buy 49-acres of land in the Hamburg area in order to build a sixth high school.

With a total project cost of $75.8 million, including the cost of the land, the new school is expected to open in the fall of 2017 with a capacity of 1,800 students.

The official address will be 1970 Winchester Road.

The land sits on the east side of Winchester Road, between the Summerfield subdivision and Sir Barton Way.

The project timeline calls for a 14-month design phase beginning next spring, with construction to begin in July of 2015 for a completion date prior to the start of school in 2017.

The new school will help relieve overcrowding at Henry Clay High School.

Student enrollment has grown from 34,688 students a decade ago to 40,109 this school year.

The district facilities plan, which calls for six new schools and the renovation of 15 existing schools, was adopted by the school board earlier this year.

The newest high school building in the Fayette County Public Schools system is Bryan Station High School, which was replaced in 2007.

The last time the school district built an entirely new high school was in 1990 with the opening of Paul Laurence Dunbar.

The process of drawing new school district boundaries will begin in earnest after the start of the new year, according to Superintendent Tom Shelton.

The school district will pay for the project with facilities funding that can only be used for capital projects, including state dollars, local property tax revenues and the sale of school construction bonds.
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