The Madison County School Board conducted a special meeting Tuesday night to finalize amendments to the district facilities plan.

A new addition to the plan is a proposed middle school in Berea which would have a student capacity of 400 and infrastructure for 600 students.

The area, tentatively planned to be located on school-owned property near the Berea Industrial Park, would consist of 76,866 square feet and cost an estimated $15,688,351.

Also on the amendment were improvements to Madison Central High School and expanding the school board’s central office.

The amendments first were presented before the public for comment at an early meeting, then passed by the school board at a later meeting.

Next, the school board will send the proposal to the Kentucky School Board with the hope that it is approved at its October meeting.

If approved, the Madison County School Board will begin implementing the district facilities plan as soon as possible.

“We’re now ready to move forward,” said Tommy Floyd, superintendent of Madison County Schools. “This puts us in a position to make decisions. We’re very excited about what this means.”

The middle school is the top priority, said Floyd.

When the middle school is completed, it will draw students from Foley Middle School, cutting the population of that school in half, from 800 students to 400.

“That will give Madison Southern High School two feeder schools,” said Floyd, who pointed out that currently students from three middle schools move on to Madison Central High School.

Once the middle school is in place, Floyd said the hope is to add an elementary school and a vocational school on the same site.

Proposed improvements to Madison Central High School include bleacher replacement, concession facilities, lights, restrooms and rearrangement of athletic fields to improve safety, access and use.

No estimated cost is listed for the improvements.

For the Central Office, the school board wants to construct a fireproof records room, a bookkeeping area, a storage area and expand the building for additional offices, a boardroom and restrooms.

Estimated costs are $136,149 for the records room, $544,595 for the bookkeeping area, $408,446 for 10 offices and $272,297 for a board room, for a total cost of $1,361,487.

Already on the plan are various improvements to all of the schools, as well as a new elementary school in the Richmond area with a capacity of 600 students, a ninth-grade center in Richmond with a capacity for 650 students, construction of a new bus garage facility in Berea, renovation of offices in the Philips Building and the proposed elementary school and vocational school in Berea.

Tim Mandell can be reached at tmandell@richmondregister.com or 623-1669 ext. 6696.

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