SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD New Discovery Blvd. school plans move forward

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Road to extend to Midland

By Ashley Sutter

With little discussion, the Shelby County board of education quickly gave a motion and a second, followed by an eventual unanimous approval for the of a BG-1 for a Preschool through eighth grade facility on Discovery Boulevard.

Kerry Whitehouse, assistant superintendent of operations for the district, said development will be on property the district already owns, which is west of Discovery Boulevard near the bus parking area and the exact location would be determined during the design process.

Board members noted there was little to debate this early in the process.

“We’ll know more when they bring us back their plans,” board member Allen Phillips said.

Board member Andrew Cline asked for clarification on the BG-1, ensuring this was simply a preliminary step required to obtain more information on the development.

“This is the first step in the process of building the P-8 center on Discovery Boulevard,” Superintendent James Niehof explained. “So this opens this door for us to begin– to get our architect on board, engineer on board... so that we anticipate we’re going to have a project design coming to you just within six months or so.”

The board was presented with an estimated annual operational cost for the center of $765,000.

Cline added for clarification: “This is getting us the ability to find out what we need to on building a P-8 [preschool through eighth-grade center] on Discovery Boulevard,” he said.

Niehof agreed. “This is not the actual cost. This is based on the KDE [Kentucky Department of Education] guidelines for this many square feet.  This is their estimate of the cost.”

Cline also asked if their decision would impact other formerly discussed upgrades and improvement projects across the district.

“We’ll still sequence the projects in the order discussed with the LPC [Local Planning Committee],” he said.

Earlier this year, when the board was presented with their options for proposed facilities construction, they reviewed a K-8 center with an estimated cost of $18.6 million in phase I followed by $5.3 million in phase II with a total construction cost of just under $30 million when taking into account other soft costs such as engineering fees and architect fees.

The decision to include a preschool in the plan is one required by KDE for the plan and may not necessarily be implemented.

Their motion was followed by a unanimous approval to extend Discovery Boulevard to Midland Industrial Road.

“This has been a long time coming,” Phillips noted. The extension gives drivers a second entry and exit option for Discovery Boulevard. 


Also at the meeting, the board:

§  Heard a report from English III students Daisy Meza and McKenzie Reed.  The students gave a brief presentation on their interpretations and findings following an experiment in collaboration with the Masonic Home.  Their study looked to determine whether or not music has an impact on individuals with Alzheimer’s disease.

§  Tabled their decision regarding the contract with Aetna for custodial services in order to gather further information.

§  Approved awarding contract for the Wright Elementary Roof project to American Roofing and the revised BG 1.

§  Approved waiving Board Policy to allow Collins FCCLA Students to travel on Sunday (July 2, 2017).

§  Approved declaring items surplus and offering them for sale via the Public Surplus website.

§  Appointed two board members, Phillips and Cline, to serve on the Architect/Engineer Selection Committee for the proposed construction projects.