The rising costs have just prompted a divided Fayette school board to postpone a new college, but district officials have a plan for several other construction projects they want to schedule by 2024.
There are no specific dates for projects in the current plan, which was approved by the state board of education in August, but it is a list of priorities district officials are hoping for. tackle over the next four years.
Here are some key construction projects in the planning pipeline for Fayette County public schools. The construction and demolition of schools may remain on the district facilities plan for long periods of time before materializing. School board members must approve projects before they can proceed.
New Tates Creek High School:
The only project currently under construction is the new Tates Creek High School which will replace the current building.
Estimated costs: $ 88 million
Area: 357,207 gross square feet.
Status: It is over 68% complete. It is expected to be completed in July 2022.
New Career and Technical pole:
The school district bought the old Herald-Leader building at 100 Midland Avenue for $ 7.5 million over a year ago to combine existing vocational and technical centers in Eastside and Southside.
Estimated costs: just under $ 48 million
Size: The 162,476 square foot building sits on a 6.73 acre campus.
Status: Schools in Fayette County will receive a $ 10 million grant approved by the Kentucky School Facilities Building Commission board for the renovation. Construction offers could open next summer, but there is no estimated start date. District COO Myron Thompson said the project could be completed in phases.
Without the grant, the district might have had to wait three or four years to begin renovations to the building.
SCEPA (from 4th to 8th year):
The building at 701 East Main Street, where the central office was located in Lexington, is being proposed for a new School of Creative and Performing Arts (SCAPA) for students in grades four to eight.
Estimated costs: at least $ 17.5 million
Area: 88,739 square feet
Status: No scheduled date has been announced to move the project forward. It should accommodate 650 students.
New STEM school for girls
A new school for girls in science, technology, engineering and mathematics for 900 students from kindergarten to eighth grade is planned.
Estimated costs: $ 25.8 million.
Area: 106,408 square feet
Status: District officials are trying to find a location and acquire land.
Carter G. Woodson Preparatory Academy
A new school for 450 boys from kindergarten to grade 5 is planned.
Estimated costs: $ 12. 7 million.
Size: 52,622 square feet
Status: District officials attempt to acquire land.
New Polo Club Boulevard Élémentaire
A new elementary school for 750 students on Polo Club Boulevard is planned on 47 acres that district officials purchased in 2020 for $ 13.7 million for an elementary and middle school.
Estimated costs: $ 19.6 million
Area: 80,824 square feet
Status: No date has been set for the project
College Polo Club Boulevard
A new college was also planned for Polo Club Boulevard and was due to open in fall 2023, but has been postponed due to increased costs.
Estimated Costs: Estimated costs recently increased 49% to $ 70.5 million.
Area: 171,983 square feet
Status: Due to cost, a deferral was approved on Monday, November 15, with a majority vote from Chairman of the Board Tyler Murphy and Board members Christy Morris and Amy Green. Board members Tom Jones and Stephanie Spiers wanted to move forward with the new college because most of the existing colleges are overcrowded.
The project should be the subject of a new call for tenders.
Henry Clay High School HVAC Repairs
District officials plan to work on HVAC issues at Henry Clay High School,
In August, district spokeswoman Lisa Deffendall said intermittent issues with air conditioning at Henry Clay High School resulted in unacceptable heat conditions in parts of the building. District maintenance team members identified the cause, ordered parts and carried out repairs on three of the school’s 26 rooftop units and the immediate issues were resolved.
Henry Clay has also had uncomfortable heat issues in classrooms in previous years.
Estimated Costs: No specific costs for HVAC repairs have yet been estimated.
Status: Repairs have not yet been planned, but Thompson recently told school board members that he may have information for them soon.
Renovation of Paul Laurence Dunbar high school
A major renovation is planned which could include 12 new classrooms and other upgrades.
Estimated costs: $ 42.7 million
Area: 271,514 square feet
Status: no start date has been set