SPENCER COUNTY, Ky. (WDRB) -- Overcrowding, old equipment, and outdated technology – they’re just a few reasons why Spencer County Public Schools is making a big change.
The building that houses Taylorsville Elementary School has been around since 1937. It's old, it's overcrowded and the principal says it's time to move on.
It’s been everything from a Pre-K 12 Center to a middle school, but Taylorsville Elementary School Principal Steven Rucker is ready for another change.
"You know, the dream that they've had for so long is starting to really take shape," said Rucker.
The building is nearly 80 years old and there are issues with overcrowding. That’s part of the reason the district recently approved a brand new school that can eventually hold up to 700 students.
"This is something that, when I came to the building we were talking about the project, even the teachers didn't believe it was gonna happen," said Rucker.
The roughly $16 million building will go up near Highway 44. It will include 30 classrooms, two gyms, a media center, music suite, and new technology.
"When kids are excited about learning, whether they have brand new equipment or the equipment we have now, when they're excited they're academic achievement shows,” said Rucker. “They catapult themselves forward and they really start to take ownership of their own learning at that point."
Another big change is that the students will actually be able to eat inside their own building. Right now they have to walk to a detached cafeteria – rain, shine or snow - that they share with two other schools.
"It's just like getting something brand new for everybody it's a point of pride,” said Rucker. “Our students know that the building is old that it has a lot of difficulties and they live with them every day.
The school will start out as Pre-K through 5 and the district will redraw its boundaries to see who will attend.
Both elementary schools in the district will eventually into first through fifth grade - but that won’t happen for at least four years. The current location will then be renovated to house an early childhood center.
"And you can just sense the excitement inside the entire community as people see the school system continuing to move forward," said Rucker.
Rucker says they should begin breaking ground this month or early in November, with the hopes of opening at the new location sometime next school year.
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