Location Of New Elementary School Was Discussed At Fiscal Court Meeting

By: Heather Haley Email
By: Heather Haley Email

They want a new school for hundreds of elementary students, but officials say they need county property that is currently being used for a horse park.

It was a field trip for dozens of teachers, faculty, and students from Dennis Wooton Elementary to the Perry County Fiscal Court Meeting to discuss the future of the school.

“They always say if we can work together we can move the county forward, this should be a win-win situation,” Principal Nadine Vannarsdal said.

Principal Nadine Vannarsdall says she has more than 400 students, but because the 46 year old building can't accommodate all of them they have be sent to other schools after 6th grade.

Vannarsdall says the new building would serve students Kindergarten through 8th grade.

School officials say they have been trying to find a new location for the school since receiving a more than five and a half million dollar earmark from the state more than 4 years ago.

School Officials would like the Perry County Fiscal Court to give them land that is currently occupied by a horse park.

Fiscal Court members say they want to know what affect the new school at the top of the park would have on the area.

“A feasibility study will show us traffic, what it would cost us to move the mountain, where they're going to put that material,” Judge Executive Denny Ray Noble said.

Dozens of people that ride horses at the park say they're concerned they will lose a place to ride in the county.

“It's just a really important thing to us and we just don't want to see it gone. Personally, I mean I would love to see the school go there, we want it moved before that starts because we don't want to be left out,” Emily Duke said.

Noble estimates it will be about a month before the results of a feasibility study will be available.

Hazard Mayor Bill Gorman says he has already offered the city's half of some of the land needed from the Neace - Gorman park neighboring the horse park.

Gorman says he thinks the location next to Perry County Central High School is a safe and convenient location for students and staff.


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  • by concerned citizen Location: Hazard on Apr 16, 2008 at 05:15 PM
    No one is trying to take the horse park away. They simply would like to move it to a different location. I agree it is a wonderful place for students to go that is not drug related, but isn't it equally important to ensure that our students have a new school. The building that DCW uses now is simply old, and way to small. Ms. Vanarsdall has only good intentions when it comes to her students, and she wants them to have the best, and so do I. Our students are our future and they all deserve the best.
  • by Jerry Location: Hazard on Apr 16, 2008 at 01:12 PM
    yes, this is annexed into the city limits, so what, so is PCC, being annexed into the city is NOT the same as being in the city limits, there is no hidden agenda when it comes to vannarsdall, this is for the students for her, nothing else.
  • by Jerry Location: Hazard on Apr 16, 2008 at 09:27 AM
    There is a limit to where the school can be built, they have to stay in their own district, whereas the horse ring can be moved anywhere in the county....you could have a MUCH better facility for your horses, i heard some people would not even take their horses up there because they were so many USED needles up there and they don't want their horses stuck.....
  • by resident Location: PERRY COUNTY on Apr 16, 2008 at 09:04 AM
    HAS'NT THIS PROPERTY BEEN ANNEXED INTO THE CITY LIMITS? IF SO ARE WE TO BUILD A COUNTY SCHOOL IN THE CITY OR DOES MRS VANARSDALL HAVE A PERSONAL INTEREST HERE THAT DOES'NT HAVE A THING TO DO WITH THE STUDENTS?
  • by sam Location: hazard on Apr 16, 2008 at 08:39 AM
    Leave the horse park alone-----------at leats this allows children an opportunity to get involved in an activity that is not drug related. You can buils a school any number of places.

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