A meeting that could determine the fate of Lakewood Elementary has been moved.

Hardin County Schools’ local planning committee will now meet at 5:30 p.m. today in the cafeteria of New Highland Elementary School, 110 W.A. Jenkins Road in Elizabethtown.

The meeting previously was scheduled at the district’s central office.

The committee could vote on a proposal that would convert Lakewood to a middle school and move Lakewood students to Cecilia Valley or Creekside elementary schools.

Enrollment at Cecilia Valley Elementary, which opened in January 2018, is at slightly more than half its capacity. The $15.5 million school on Ky. 86 can house 600 students and has about 350 as of late December.

Other options the committee could vote on include building onto Cecilia Valley and have middle-schoolers attend school there; convert Cecilia Valley to a school that hosts preschoolers through sixth-graders and build a new building near Cecilia Valley for seventh- and eighth-graders; or build a new middle school.

Public input on the proposals is not expected to be on the meeting’s agenda.

“This is strictly a LPC meeting. The open forum of this portion of the LPC process was held at the Jan. 16, 2019 meeting,” a statement from the district said.

If the local planning committee approves a proposal, it will be sent to the Hardin County Schools Board of Edu­cation for a final vote.

The next regularly scheduled board meeting is at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 21 at New Highland Elementary and later that same day at 6 p.m. at the Hardin County Schools Performing Arts Center at John Hardin High School.

Trey Crumbie can be reached at 270-505-1747or tcrumbie@thenewsenterprise.com.

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