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Fayette school leaders see possible timeline for new construction, renovations


A new Henry Clay High School was among the proposed projects put before the Fayette County School Board Monday night.

"Looking at Henry Clay, that facility, you know we've had a lot of issues there," Chief Operating Officer Myron Thompson said, introducing three projects under the first phase of consideration – the first being a new $146 million Henry Clay High School. The facility has seen a number of environmental complaints and safety concerns, including wildlife infestation.

Also in that initial phase are a $57 million Rise Steam Academy for Girls and $41 million for a new Masterson Station Elementary.

Thompson said the district’s plans could be affected by the recent decision to move forward with planning for an urban service boundary expansion in Lexington.

"It could have some considerations or impact for us in terms of what happens within the existing or expanded boundary," Thompson said. "Traditionally, that means increases in population and growth, so we will stay attuned to what is happening with that."

No votes were taken on the proposed phase one projects. Further down the line in 2024 and 25, the district may take up a number of renovation efforts – at Dunbar High School, along with Beaumont, Southern, and Winburn middle schools. That’s in addition to the new elementary school being built on Polo Club Boulevard.

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