HCS chooses land for new Burkhead

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Cost for new school estimated at $17.2 million

By Kelly Cantrall

Students and staff of G.C. Burkhead Elementary School now have land for their new home.

The Hardin County Schools board moved forward Thursday night on a replacement for G.C. Burkhead, as the board approved an option to purchase land for the new school and construction documents for the project, and entered into negotiations with Murphy Graves Architects for design of the building.

The new school will be at 1323 St. John Road in Elizabethtown. The board has an option to purchase 18 acres at that location for $18,000 per acre.

The cost of the project is estimated to be about $17.2 million, according to construction documents. Net program space for the building is estimated to be 74,301 square feet. The current school has a 750-student capacity.

A tentative goal for completion is August 2014.

HCS also is planning a replacement for Howevalley Elementary School in Cecilia. The district originally planned to build that school first, but is now waiting for a lease agreement for the land to end before construction can begin. Superintendent Nannette Johnston said the district needed to move forward.

“We are very fortunate to have a beautiful piece of land” in the area it needed to be, she said.

Principal Bryan Lewis said in a news release he was excited about the process.

“Our students and staff are wonderful and can learn and teach in any type of facility,” he said. “However, we owe it to them to give them an effective and first-class building.”

G.C. Burkhead was built in 1968.

Kelly Cantrall can be reached at (270) 505-1747 or kcantrall@thenewsenterprise.com.