The Hardin County Board of Education met last week and asked HCS Chief Operations Officer John Stith to reconvene the district’s Local Planning Committee. The LPC met Wednesday evening (November 15, 2017). It voted unanimously to amend the District Facilities Plan seeking two new separate facilities – an elementary school to replace the current Lincoln Trail Elementary and a middle school to replace the current East Hardin Middle – be built.
When it met earlier this year, the LPC sent a District Facilities Plan to the Hardin County Board of Education that included plans for a new primary-through-eighth grade facility that would replace Lincoln Trail Elementary and East Hardin Middle on one campus.
“Our Board worked very hard to find property that would house a primary-through-eighth grade facility in an appropriate manner and meet the guidelines of the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE),” HCS Superintendent Teresa Morgan said. “After looking at approximately ten sites in the Lincoln Trail Elementary School and East Hardin Middle School footprint, we just could not find property that would work for all of our stakeholders. Our Board has been very diligent about this process and keeping students as its first priority. It wanted to find the perfect property that would be convenient for the current and future students and parents that both schools serve and will serve. That was very hard to accomplish. The Board will now hear the recommendation of the LPC and take the action that is best for students, parents, staff and our community.”
In accordance with state law, the amended DFP will now be reviewed by officials at the Kentucky Department of Education. KDE could suggest changes to the DFP. If so, the Local Planning Committee must approve those changes before the DFP moves to the Hardin County Board of Education for approval. If the Board approves the amended plan, a public hearing on the DFP must take place. After the public hearing, the DFP is sent back to KDE and the Kentucky Board of Education for final approval.
State law requires that districts have a LPC to serve in an advisory role. It is charged with the development of a four-year District Facilities Plan. The Hardin County Schools LPC is comprised of twenty members that includes parents, teachers, building administrators, a board member, members of the community, etc. The DFP is a living document (subject to change) that lists the district’s plans, changes and/or additions to school facilities. It reviews the district’s needs and the construction funds required to meet those needs.