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Ground is broken for the new Collins Lane Elementary School

News Release: Ground is broken for the new Collins Lane Elementary School
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Frankfort, Ky, June 23, 2017 – Representatives of the Franklin County Public Schools joined today with teachers, school board members and construction company officials at Collins Lane Elementary School to break ground for construction of the new Collins Lane Elementary School. The project, which was approved in October 2016 by the Franklin County Board of Education, will replace the aging Collins Lane building, which was built in 1967.

The project, which was originally expected to cost $19.3 million, is now expected to cost about $2.2 million less - $17 million – as a result of very favorable bidding on the part of the construction contractors.

Work has already started on the project, with testing done to confirm the adequacy of the site for geothermal heating and cooling. In addition, workers have started building a construction road to the site and have removed asphalt from one of the existing parking lots in the area where the new building will sit. As a safety precaution, they also have started installing protective fencing around the entire perimeter of the construction site. A temporary on-site access road is intended to separate construction vehicles from school traffic.

The current building will remain in use during the 2017-18 school year and while construction is under way. It will be demolished next summer. Plans call for the new building to be ready for occupancy before the 2018-19 school year begins.

Franklin County Public Schools Superintendent Chrissy Jones, who is retiring June 30, said, “The construction of this new school building solidifies our school district’s commitment to putting kids first. It is especially gratifying that this event is one of my last official duties as superintendent, since this new building will help improve the quality of education at Collins Lane for many years.”

Unlike the existing building - which was built long before the advent and widespread use of technology - the new school will be a state-of-the-art facility, equipped for the use of technology in all 28 classrooms, offices and common areas and in its six resource rooms. The geothermal heating and cooling system will be far more efficient and therefore economical than the current system, and the building will feature separate loading areas for car riders and bus riders, enhancing student safety.

From left to right in the photo above are: School Board Member Justin Waterson, School Board Member Belinda Henson, Supt. Chrissy Jones, incoming Supt. Mark Kopp, Collins Lane Principal Jennifer Perkins, Assistant Supt. David Raleigh, Assistant Supt. Sharla Six, Wehr Constructors Sr. Project Manager Darrell Hayden, Wehr Constructors President Skip Berry, and Mark Trier, president of JRA Architects.

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