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Letter to the Editor

Why phased construction for new high school? Editor, The Sun: I am extremely proud of the quality public education system we have in Woodford County. The Woodford Sun’s article on the district’s accreditation process highlighted why the district is experiencing so many successes. I attended the community forum to discuss a new high school. It was exciting to hear descriptions of state-of-the-art building components for our high performing high school. However, the school board has taken action to move forward with constructing a $35 million building. The price for an average new high school in Kentucky the size of WCHS is closer to $50 million. The architect described how downsizing room size and eliminating some areas could allow the district to construct a $35 million building. He described the new building with smaller than state average classrooms and space saved by reducing the current art room and special needs classroom by a third. They are currently larger than state average. The current band room is state average and would not be enlarged. Potentially teachers would float and share rooms to help limit the number of needed classrooms. There would not be an auditorium or competition gym. The board is committing general fund monies along with capital outlay and building funds for the construction. Committing general fund monies to the construction of a new high school will restrict available funds for covering salary increases, additional pension expenses, and potentially student programs and services. The board interviewed four fiscal agents last fall and requested each to provide a financial plan for a new high school. None of the four suggested phased construction. Is this building project in the best interest of Woodford County or is it happening just because it is possible? Margie Cleveland Former Woodford County School Board member

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