School's History

  • In 2005, the first thoughts arose of expanding the horticulture program in Fayette County Public Schools. Review of student interest through the Individual Learning Plan (ILP) and surveys in the local schools supported the idea. Officials researched the possibilities on the campus of Eastside Technical Center, including possible renovations there. As the dream began to take on life, many in the agricultural community expressed their support for such a project.

    After several years of research and development, an opportunity to acquire property through the federal government resulted in a formal written proposal to the U.S. Department of Education and the Federal Public Benefit Program (FPBP), resulting in the school district's acquiring 82 acres of prime real estate at no cost. As a result of this most generous donation and creative architectural design team, Locust Trace AgriScience Farm (LTAF) was developed -- opening in 2011. The name changed to Locust Trace AgriScience Center (LTAC) in September 2014.

    This facility leads the way in our district by pursuing net-zero energy usage and sitting lightly upon the land. This campus provides students a rare opportunity to research the impact people can have on the natural land and the animals that inhabit the untouched areas. Migratory patterns and habitats are closely monitored while impact on soil, vegetation, and underground water tables are studied. Use of photovoltaic cells, wind energy, smart design, and monitoring allow students to take ownership in the net-zero vision for the campus.

    Highlights

    • "Green Collar" education site
    • National Green Ribbon School (2013)
    • EnergyStar compliant
    • Design that meets LEED (environmental) gold standards
    • Minimal carbon footprint, e.g. planting trees for balance after construction