Fayette Co. Superintendent discusses plans for new high school

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - As the school year comes to an end for Fayette County, officials with the school system are already talking about next year, and their plans for a new high school.

Fayette County Superintendent, Tom Shelton, says one of the first things on the list is figuring out where the county's sixth high school will go.

"All of the schools here have over 2,000 students," explains Shelton, "Henry Clay has 2,400 and it's expected to grow, we need to relieve that high school and create a new one where students can go."

A long term project that will take officials roughly three years to pan out after breaking ground. "Generally speaking, with a high school you're talking 18 months planning and design and 18 months construction, so if we started today, the school would be ready by fall 2016."

In between Richmond Road and Winchester Road is where officials are predominantly looking to put the school. A project that will cost school officials millions but one that they say is in desperate need.

"We need to figure out a resolution to this overflow and creating a new high school is what will fix it. Most new high schools are somewhere between 50 and 70 million dollars," continues Shelton, "so it's an expensive undertaking but one that is needed."

Officials say that a new middle school and three new elementary schools are also on the facilities plan.

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