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Floyd Co. school consolidation plans continue forward

By: Matthew Rand, Hillary Thornton Email
By: Matthew Rand, Hillary Thornton Email
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PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (WYMT) - Update 2/9/2015:

Plans are moving forward to combine Allen Central and South Floyd high schools under one, brand new roof.

Floyd County School Board members met briefly Monday to take care of a few details relating to the land where the school will be built.

The site is picked out and plans are on paper for the new Floyd Central High School.

One of the hurdles facing the new school building, says Superintendent Henry Webb, relates to condemnation, the process of securing private property for public use under eminent domain.

Webb says the price of the property, located on state Route 680, turned out to be slightly higher than the figure presented to the Kentucky Department of Education.

To avoid delays, the board voted to move ahead with bidding on the project's earth work and site drainage package.

"At the same time, we respect the state board and their ability to make this decision, so our board said tonight we're willing to go forward with that and crossing our fingers that the state board will work with us on what we're trying to get done for kids here," Webb said.

The board also approved testing to see if the land will support geothermal heating at the new school and looked at the site's road crossing agreement.

The superintendent explains the new three story building will feature all the latest in 21st century design and technology.

"The technology's going to be amazing. A world class facility, energy star school right off the bat. We're just really excited about all the opportunities that the kids in Floyd County are going to have because of this new facility," he said.

The bidding process should be complete by mid March, Webb says, laying the groundwork for the new consolidated school.

Webb says bidding and the start of construction on the rest of the project should take place this summer.

He says he expects the project to stay on target to begin classes at the new school in the fall of 2017.

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Original Story 7/30/2014:

Floyd County Schools Superintendent, Henry Webb, says the board recently approved plans for a brand new high school in the district and the new facility will allow them to be more efficient...creating improvement and more opportunities throughout the district.

The initial planning stages are underway for the new high school.

Superintendent Webb says they have been discussing the new school for years and it is now becoming a reality, "We are currently in negotiations with finalizing the property."

Property on Rt.680 that he says thanks to the hard work of the school board will be home to a world class facility ... by far the largest in the district, equipped to house 750 students.

"This facility will enable us to become much more efficient. We are going to combine Allen Central High School and South Floyd High School into one high school. Then we are going to combine McDowell and Osborne with South Floyd Middle School into the existing South Floyd facility. So, in essence we are going from four facilities to two," explains Webb.

Officials say the new high school will include things like 21st century technology and design throughout the building, a large media center, auditorium, and cafeteria. The 3-story building will feature 'career clusters' as the school focuses on college-career readiness. Also, all athletic facilities and fields will be on the new campus.

Webb says, "All facilities are going to be right on campus and in Floyd County that's been very hard to do because of land and other reasons and right now we don't have that anywhere."

The superintendent says some major benefits to this move are getting McDowell students out of the flood prone building and eliminating all schools that are essentially too old for repair.

"With this move we are going to eliminate all five 'Category 5' schools and we are really excited about that," explains Webb.

Ensuring every student in their district is in a modern and up to date facility.

If everything goes as planned officials expect work at the site to begin within the next few months.

Since it is such a large project, estimated at 140,000 square feet (not including athletic facilities), officials are looking at about 28-months of groundwork and construction.

They hope to begin classes at the new school in Fall of 2017.

School officials say they plan to move their vocational school to the current Allen Central High School.


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