Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

April 8, 2014

Facilities plan: Will one plus one make one?

Glasgow Daily Times

GLASGOW — Metcalfe County school board members took the next step toward integrating its primary and intermediate centers Tuesday night.

The school board voted unanimously to approve its district facilities plan, which calls for constructing additional classrooms at what is now called the Metcalfe County Primary Center so that all of the county’s elementary school students will attend the same school. The new school, which will be a preschool through fifth-grade facility, will be called Metcalfe County Elementary.

Plans are to close the primary center, as well as the Metcalfe County Intermediate Center, by July 1, hold a groundbreaking for the addition of new classrooms by December and move at least one grade of students from the intermediate center to the new school by 2015.

Prior to the start of the school board meeting, a public forum regarding the school system’s district facilities plan took place.

Chris Huffman, director of pupil personnel and districtwide operations, facilitated the forum.

“We sent our facilities plan to Frankfort for them to approve and they approved what we wrote on the facilities plan with a few minor changes,” he said.

Those changes included upgrading some of the bleachers at the middle and high school buildings and rewording some phrases regarding the primary center addition. The changes to the plan were approved by the school system’s local planning committee also on Tuesday.

During the school board meeting, Dr. Benny Lile, superintendent, addressed the district facilities plan and said he met with members of the primary and intermediate centers’ site-based decision-making councils on Monday.

“We had some very good discussion. One of the recommendations that came out of that, a literally unanimous recommendation, was that we go ahead and put our schools together now … unify, if you will, the intermediate center and the primary center, creating the Metcalfe County Elementary School,” Lile said.

“I want you to know and understand that is coming from that group.”

The school board also agreed to appoint district finance officer Dwight Ross as the public hearing officer regarding the district facilities plan.

“With the process of the LPC, once the LPC has been sent to Frankfort and sent back and approved with their revisions, the final process, we have to publicize ... a public hearing,” said Huffman.

Someone who has not been involved in the LPC process has to preside over the public hearing.

“Dwight fits that bill,” Huffman said.

“Basically, we have to have a public hearing one more time to allow the public to come in and look at the facility plan as presented and approved by the board.”

No date for the public hearing was set during the meeting. No changes to the facility plan can be made during the public hearing, but the public is invited to come and express opinions, which will be documented, about the facility plan, Huffman said.

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