Construction will begin in June for the new site, located adjacent to James Madison Middle School on Brown Road. If all goes to plan, the center will be complete in 16 months, according to J. Keith Sharp, president of JKS Architecture.
The approval of the building comes after Hopkins County Schools spent $6,255,660 on a site at Grapevine Road that resulted in unstable soil and wasted monies.
“We have done everything we can do to move forward at this time,” said Steve Faulk, chairman of the board.
While the board is involved in litigation with engineers and an insurance company for losses at the former site, they are moving forward in using $871,002 in materials that were not used at the original site, according to Steve Gilliam, assistant superintendent.
An affirmative document was also approved at Wednesday’s meeting that will be sent to the Kentucky Department of Education. The KDE has the authority to execute action on the project, and the board assumes they will have the go-ahead in the next several weeks.
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