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School board to take comments on $23M facility plan

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By The Staff

The Board of Education will hold a rescheduled public hearing Sept. 26 at 5:30 p.m. at central office on its proposed facility plan for the Anderson County school district.
After approving a $23 million draft facilities plan in May, the board of education postponed a scheduled public hearing on the facility plan in June.  
The draft facilities plan, which examines improvements, new construction and renovations for the Anderson County school district over the next four years, outlined several capital construction projects given priority to be completed from 2012-14:
 • $5 million in technology, building renovations and equipment for Anderson County High School
• $700,000 for a six classroom addition to the new Ezra B. Sparrow Early Childhood Center
• $2.5 million in renovations for the Anderson County Middle School
• $75,000 in upgrades for Robert B. Turner Elementary
• $150,000 in upgrades for Saffell Street Elementary
• $25,000 in upgrades for Emma B. Ward Elementary
Other projects scheduled in the district facility plan to be completed after 2014 include a $6.9 million new Phoenix Academy to hold 150 students; $300,000 for major renovations to Saffell Street Elementary; $1.3 million bus garage; $6 new multi-purpose athletic field house and natatorium; and $200,000 for an agricultural training/show pavilion.
According to a legal notice published in The Anderson News advertising the hearing, the facility plan is composed of “pending capital construction and/or renovation projects that the school district may undertake, and the priority order, if applicable and provided funding becomes available, that projects will be initiated.”
Copies of the proposed district facility plan are available at the board office, located at 1160 Bypass North, Lawrenceburg, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. on Friday.
The proposed plan is also available on the district website at www.anderson.kyschools.us.  
The current plan was unanimously approved by 14 members of a 19-person committee that includes district employees and residents.
The Anderson County school district central office is located at 1160 Bypass North off US 127.