SCOTT COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - A new high school is scheduled to open in Scott County in the fall of 2017, but a committee commissioned by the board of education says the school likely will not have enough money to field athletic programs when it is supposed to open.
The school board discussed some possible options at its work session Thursday evening at Georgetown Middle School.
Things were tense and got heated at times, as board members discussed the future Great Crossing High School.
Under the current plan, Great Crossing would be built in phases, on property beside Elkhorn Crossing School. A gym would not be part of Phase I.
"But you know what, it's what we can afford to do," said board member Jo Anna Fryman. "We cannot wait until we have the money to do the full high school. Because we will be waiting until 2000-whenever."
A committee found that a lack of other options for athletic facilities likely means the school could not afford to have extracurricular activities when it is scheduled to open in August 2017.
"But in my opinion, my personal opinion - and I will vote this way till the cows come home - we don't have a high school until we have athletic programs," said board chair Haley Conway. "We're in the business to educate, but there are so many kids that somehow are just hanging on in our district because of the opportunity to play football in the afternoon, or soccer, or whatever."
Conway emphasized that the committee made only a recommendation, and the board of education has not made a decision whether or not the school will have athletic teams at its outset.
He says moving forward they would have to work hard and look at all possibilities - including corporate partnerships and sponsorships - to make it happen, because it wouldn't work with the facilities and fields they have right now.
The board's next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 22.