School board considers consolidation

School board considers consolidation
By: Erica Byfield

MCCRACKEN COUNTY, Ky. - One local school district may be one step closer to seeing some dramatic changes.

Leaders in McCracken County had a school board meeting Thursday evening to talk about a possible consolidation of three high schools into one.
Superintendent Tim Heller said this is what you have to do when you have more students than classroom space.  Therefore, with the district growing by 50 to 100 students a year ,they have to come up with something.
"This is a good problem to have," Heller said.  "We want good kids coming our way."
Even though chat about consolidation plans isn't officially on the McCracken County School Boards agenda for Thursday night, he understands why it is on the minds of hundreds of students and parents in this area.
"We would appreciate their patience as we look at this process," said Heller.  
Right now, the board is looking into five options that include consolidating three high schools into one mega school with about 1500 students.
"We're looking at the options the board has in front of them, whether we need to renovate the buildings that are in need, because of space or build a new elementary school to help with conditions, build a middle school or high school," said Heller.   
Superintendent Heller wants to assure the public that he and his board plan on holding meetings in the community before they take a vote.
No matter what option the school board chooses, it's going to take a lot of money to make the changes.  According to a recent estimate, a brand new high school would cost about $45 million.