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November 18, 2017

KDE REPORT GIVES AN EVALUATION OF THE LOUISA WEST BUILDING

Local Facilities Planning Committee To Hold First Meeting DEC. 5

Earlier this week, Dr. Stephen L. Pruitt, Commissioner of Education, released the 2017 Kentucky Facilities Inventory and Classification System (KFICS) Phase I Report. Of the school facilities that were evaluated, Louisa West Elementary ranked as the 33rd “most needy” school facility when compared to the other schools that were evaluated throughout the state. In comparison, the Louisa West facility ranked in the bottom 100 out of 465 evaluated schools in 2011.

Louisa West Elementary school Louisa West Elementary school

The new KFICS process was implemented by the Kentucky Department of Education under HB 303 (2016) and includes the assessment of one school facility from each of 169 school districts throughout Kentucky. As stated in the report, “While the KFICS Phase I Report contains poor condition permanent buildings, there may be other district transitional facilities (in the state) in worse condition, in need of replacement and not included in the list.” Phase II of the process will be expanded to include all Kentucky school buildings.

Every four years, each Kentucky school system is required to submit a school facilities plan, and the LC Schools plan is due in 2018. Using the processes outlined by KDE, the Lawrence County Board of Education and Superintendent Fletcher has assembled 20 local planning committee members to make recommendations to the Board of Education. Members of the committee include teachers, community members, and administrators that represent the Blaine, Fallsburg, and Louisa areas. The KFICS report will be used as a source of information to help decide the next steps for facilities planning in Lawrence County.

If you are interested in having input, the Lawrence County Local Facilities Planning Committee will have an orientation meeting on December 5 at 6 PM at the Lawrence County High School Library and will be followed by a public forum at 7:15 PM. The public forum will be an informal gathering to obtain public opinion regarding future district facility priorities.

 

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+3 #12 Taxes 2017-11-22 02:49
Property taxes were raised to pay for the new Wayne County schools. Same bottom line. Hit the taxpayers.
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+1 #11 Question 2017-11-21 17:09
Quoting Wayne County:
Just lie about how unsafe the building is and vote in a tax raise. It worked for Wayne County in Kenova.


Different state. They receive their money differently
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+3 #10 Votr 2017-11-20 21:13
It has to be voted on and it will never pass.
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+2 #9 online 2017-11-20 18:27
Quoting Mr Slate:
West elementary is so old it was attended by Flintstones and the Rubbles. True story....Fred met Wilma on the playground. Childhood sweethearts. When I went to school there I checked out a library book that was checked out by Wilma 1,900 years earlier. It was a book about Terdactyls or something like that, but anyway....THESE KIDS NEED A NEW SCHOOL!!!!!

I agree the kids need a new school but not at the TAXPAYERS expense.
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+3 #8 Why??? 2017-11-20 17:39
Why wasn’t something done 10-20 years ago when LC and its citizens actually had some $$? Of course I want my kids to go to an awesome new school, BUT what about Blaine? They need a new school too, and Fallsburg has the same everything it had in 1982, trust me I went there. Better management would’ve prevented this whole conversation, it’s that simple.
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+2 #7 Terry 2017-11-20 16:45
Oh no!! I hate to hear of any talk about getting rid of the grade school!!!! I went there from grades 1-6!!!! Then went to the old building n the 7th grade!! I’m now 62 years old. Just really love things like they are.
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+5 #6 Voter 2 2017-11-20 04:51
I wouldn't vote for any tax increase, and the law that authorizes this inventory takes more control away from local taxpayers and school officials to make decisions on the local level. The school can be repaired - there have been older buildings repaired - I don't care what the board says it will cost to repair - they are WRONG as usual. Make sure you tell our friends to vote against it!
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0 #5 Wayne County 2017-11-20 00:17
Just lie about how unsafe the building is and vote in a tax raise. It worked for Wayne County in Kenova.
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+3 #4 Mr Slate 2017-11-19 03:02
West elementary is so old it was attended by Flintstones and the Rubbles. True story....Fred met Wilma on the playground. Childhood sweethearts. When I went to school there I checked out a library book that was checked out by Wilma 1,900 years earlier. It was a book about Terdactyls or something like that, but anyway....THESE KIDS NEED A NEW SCHOOL!!!!!
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+5 #3 Stud Daddy 2017-11-18 20:48
Oh Heck, here goes another tax increase. Like we need another...
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+13 #2 Lee 2017-11-18 16:59
How about the board stop accepting the highest bids for certain things and start putting money into the school. They have a surplus bond of millions so start working in the school instead of wanting to always hit the tax payers for more money!!!
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+10 #1 Voter 2017-11-18 16:18
I'm not voting for a tax increase to build a new one. This is something that should have been taken care with long term planning long ago. Proper management of your existing funds is the key to any success whether it be an individual or the board of education. If you read the newspapers or news online, Johnson County had the nickel tax for the schools and now the school system is having to pay it back because the voters recalled it.
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