Some kids in Pike County will be getting a new school. The school board voted during their last meeting to approve construction plans for a new Millard School that will combine Millard Middle and Millard Elementary.
The parking lots are empty, and the playgrounds are quiet. It is a familiar sight at most schools right now, and after a recent vote by the Pike County School Board, this will be the case no matter what time of year for the campuses of Millard Middle School and Millard Elementary School.
"Every time I visit Millard one of the things they ask me is 'when we going to get that new school, when we going to get that new school,'" said Pike County Superintendent Roger Wagner.
The school board recently voted to approve the construction plans for that new school which will consolidate the two schools into a bigger, more modern building.
"Athletic facilities as well as technology, classrooms. It's going to be a state of the art facility once we're completed there," said Wagner.
The superintendent says it will be a while before these gates are locked for good, but he says it's an opportunity this county cannot pass up for these kids.
"What we have there is we have two very old facilities. It's pretty important that we get these kids all together to have one complete school, certainly from the benefit of instruction but also from the financial aspect of that as well," said Wagner.
He says it will take some time before the schools can make that move. Just prepping the land for the two-story building will probably take nearly a year, but he says it is a wait that is definitely worth it.
"Those kids up there certainly deserve a new facility," said Wagner.
The new school will hold nearly 1100 students.
The construction plans for the school now have to be approved by the state Board of Education before work can begin.