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Debate over second high school in Scott County

By: Brittany Pelletz Email
By: Brittany Pelletz Email

"We've done what we can do to out a band aid in a gaping wound, but at same point in time, it's going to have to be addressed and it's going to have to be addressed by the community," says Hailey Conway, a member on the board of education in Scott County.

Conway says the need for another high school is long overdue,"We now have eight elementary schools or soon to have right elementary schools, feeding into three middle schools and into one high school."

In an open letter to the public, Scott County High School superintendent, Patricia Putty recognizes the need for a new high school stating the current one is 105 students over capacity.

Putty also states in the letter, "Current bonding capacity allows up to approximately $20 million in our total construction budget. The cost of a new high school will range between $60 million and $80 million...limited resources force us to prioritize needs."

Board of education member, Conway says money will continue to be the issue,"$60 to $80 million in 2012 and by 2020, you're looking at $20 million and I can tell you we won't have the money then either ."

The message has taken to the air and can be seen on a billboard in Georgetown. It says Scott County High School is just too big.

Chasity Markin has two children in Scott County schools, and is concerned about the overcrowding issue compromising her child's education,"Oh yeah, there is no one-on-one."

Markin also says it's not just the parents that are are unhappy about the current situation, "She don't really like it. The hallways, you get pushed around and shoved into lockers. You have to carry your backpack around and all of that too. It's a mess."

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