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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