Greater Clark County Schools Propose New Plans to Rebuild College | Education

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Greater Clark County Schools is seeking to purchase a combined 46-acre property to build a new middle school.

On Thursday evening, the district hosted a “question and answer” session to seek feedback on its latest proposal which includes buying two neighboring properties; the previously considered 26 acres along the Utica-Sellersburg and New Chapel roads, and the old Twilight Golf Course.

Last week, the Greater Clark County Schools Board of Education voted to allow the administration to proceed with the purchase of the old golf course.

Both purchase agreements are conditional on the City of Jeffersonville approving a change to the properties’ current zoning. The Utica-Sellersburg and New Chapel Roads property is zoned for residential purposes. The former golf course is zoned for commercial use. Both must go institutional for the purchase to go ahead.

“We are committed to finding a new site for a new college. This site will not work for us,” Superintendent Mark Laughner said. “There are a lot of issues in terms of the size of this site, but also the traffic pattern.”

The City of Jeffersonville denied the school’s request to rezone the Utica-Sellersburg and New Chapel Roads property after neighbors raised concerns about traffic and moving a college away from downtown a few years ago. weeks.

The proposed site is approximately six miles from Parkview Middle School.

Laughner said demographics show the student population will continue to grow further north of the current Parkview site.

“It’s still in the city of Jeffersonville, but it’s going to be central to the city’s growth,” Laughner said.

The school district wants to work more with the city on its next application.

“Last time we were a bit rushed to work things out, so we want to take our time and make sure everyone understands what we’re trying to accomplish there,” Laughner said.

The school district will still need to return to city council with updated plans and request a zoning change for both properties.

The district had no design or layout for how the new school might appear on the campus which would be over 40 acres.

Laughner said the estimated cost of building a new college would be around $60 million.

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