Hardin County Schools throws out plan for a new preschool-through-eighth-grade building

HARDIN COUNTY, Ky. (WDRB) -- Hardin County Schools is no longer considering a plan to build a new preschool-through-eighth-grade building, merging two schools in the process.

The old plan would have combined East Hardin Middle School with Lincoln Trail Elementary at a brand new location. The new proposal approved by a committee Wednesday calls for two new separate schools.

Hardin County Schools spokesperson John Wright said the district looked at property but could not find a site that would meet the needs for one combined school.

"Those pieces of property that they looked at were just not very accessible to both the student bodies and their parents," Wright said.

A replacement for East Hardin Middle School is estimated at $23 million. A new Lincoln Trail Elementary could cost around $15 million.

“We have renovated these schools several, several times, and it just wouldn’t be worth renovating them anymore,” Wright said.

The proposal is still in the planning stages and would need additional approval from the full board and the state. If approved, the Hardin County School Board could then decide at any time when or if it wants to start construction on the project.

The changes do not affect a plan that could eventually combine West Hardin Middle School with Cecilia Valley Elementary, which is currently under construction.

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