Questions arise over funding for new Scott County high school

By: Jordan Vilines Email
By: Jordan Vilines Email

SCOTT COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - It’s stirred up lots of talk in Scott County and school leaders there say it's time for a new high school there.

They say Scott County High School has hundreds more students than it was designed for, but not everyone agrees on how a new school should be built or paid for.

“Our district has grown so much in the past five years that I think a new high school would have to help overcrowding,” said Dana Young, who attended Thursday’s forum.

One issue in Scott County schools is overcrowding; a recent study shows that since the year 2000, more than 200 students have been added to the district each year.

Scott County High School is currently more than 400 students over capacity.

After years of debating whether to build a second high school, a resolution allowing construction of a new high school was recently passed.

But now, the question is how can the district fund the nearly $60 million project?

On Thursday, a forum was held to get the community's feedback on just that.

“I don’t see how you can say you are in favor of the new high school but against raising taxes,” said Linda Glass, who lives in Scott County and attended the forum.

The public was asked to pick from four options at Thursday’s meeting:

1) Keep taxes the same and begin construction in 2022
2) Increase tax 5 cents and start in three years
3) Increase tax 9 cents and start next year
4) Build the new school in phases as bonding permits

“You get what you pay for. You don't want to pay too much for a Cadillac but at the same time you don't want to barely pay anything and get a model T,” said Dave Thornton, who attended the forum.

Although a final decision has not yet been made, many folks are simply relieved that a new Scott County high school is coming…sooner or later.

The next public forum on this topic will be held on September 19th at 6:30 in the Elkhorn Crossing School.

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