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Committee votes to build a new consolidated elementary school

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Calvary and Lebanon would merge, location of new school hasn’t been determined

By Stevie Lowery

The Local Planning Committee (LPC) of the Marion County Board of Education voted Tuesday evening to build a new elementary school, consolidating Calvary Elementary and Lebanon Elementary, but where the new school could be built is still in question.

The committee’s decision is just the first step in a long process that must be completed before any facilities plan is final or construction can begin.

The proposed new elementary school would serve approximately 500 students. In an effort to be fair to all elementary students, the committee also voted to expand West Marion Elementary and Glasscock Elementary to accommodate 500 students at each school. If this plan comes to fruition, the school board will be forced to redistrict.

But, many more steps must be taken before the draft facilities plan is final.

The LPC will be meeting again at 6 p.m., Monday, Feb. 11, at central office to review and approve the overall draft facilities plan, which also includes renovations at Marion County High School.

After the overall plan is approved again by the LPC, it will be submitted to the Kentucky Department of Education for its approval and feedback. Following KDE approval, the school board will have to vote on the plan, and a public hearing will be held. Before the plan is final, the school board will have to vote on it again.

Plan to build a new Calvary Elementary receives fewest votes

A second plan, which was also voted on Tuesday evening, was to build a new Calvary Elementary School and renovate Lebanon Elementary.

LPC members voted via paper ballot. The plan to build a consolidated elementary school received 13 votes. That plan to build a new Calvary Elementary and renovate Lebanon Elementary received six votes.

During the nearly three-hour long meeting, there was a great deal of discussion among the committee members, which will be shared in a story in next week’s edition.

LPC members are:
• Superintendent Taylora Schlosser (non-voting)
• Facilities Director Scott Spalding
• Principals/Assistant Principals - Paula Curtis (vice chair), Sara Brady, Coury Osbourne and Angie Akers
• Teachers - Katrina Lee, Roz Howlett, Will Smith and Joyce Caldwell
• Parents - Melissa Knight, Ashley Wright, Lara Skaggs and Sarah Mattingly
• Central Office representative - Jennifer Wheeler
• Board Member Brad Cox
• Community members - Judy Bickett, Sr. Kay Carlew and George Spragens (chairman)
• Planning and zoning representative - John Thompson