Board approves work for next Buckhorn phase
by Cris Ritchie Editor
Work on the next and final phase of the Buckhorn school could begin soon, and theres more news about a planned elementary school in the county.
The Perry County Board of Education unanimously approved a BG-1 application and officials hired Ross Taurant as the architects for Phase 4 of the Buckhorn school project during their regular meeting on Thursday.
While students at Buckhorn have already been able to utilize new facilities for the past few years, there are still some classrooms that need to be added to the main building. Currently, some classes are being held in portable structures outside of the main building. Superintendent John Paul Amis noted that this last phase of the project will add those new classrooms and should wrap up construction at the school, which could begin as early as the next few months.
With approval of the BG-1 we could very easily see construction start this spring, he said.
Amis added that officials are estimating that phase of the project at a cost of $800,000 to $1 million to complete.
Meanwhile, as students and community members eagerly await news on a new elementary school to replace Dennis Wooton Elementary in the Airport Gardens community, there is news that the board is a step closer to having enough funds to begin the project.
The board had already been allocated more than $5 million from the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) for a project to construct a new elementary school. But according to Amis the board will not be able to expend any of those funds until they have enough money to cover the cost of the entire project. According to a presentation made to the board last week, the district is a step closer to having enough funds.
Amis explained to the board that the entire project could cost upwards of $16 million, which with an improved bond potential the board could have access to $11 million at present.
Glen Brashear with Ross Sinclair, a company that works for the board on bond issues for school construction, told the board that they do indeed have an improved bonding potential at present, and could raise a total of about $11 million with the inclusion of the money already allocated from KDE to put toward the elementary project.
With the possibility of accessing more funds, Amis said the project is closer to becoming a reality, and he is hopeful the state legislature will be able to allocate funds for school construction as well.
Were closer and closer to having enough [money] to build the new school. If the state legislature can do something with school construction this session the district could have enough funds to begin the project, said Amis.
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