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Board Approves Purchase of 14 Acres in Masterson Station Area for Future Growth

The Fayette County Board of Education voted unanimously Feb. 13 to acquire 14 acres of land at 1345 Greendale Road. This purchase allows Fayette County Public Schools (FCPS) to be well positioned to anticipate and accommodate growth in the Masterson Station area, where adjoining land was acquired last September at 1411 and 1451 Greendale Road. 

The District Facility Plan identifies a new elementary school in the Masterson Station area as a capital construction priority. Sandersville and Coventry Oak elementary schools – both built within the past 13 years – serve the area and are experiencing tremendous enrollment growth. Sandersville added portable classrooms this year. 

After a closed session at this month’s planning meeting, the board voted to acquire the property at 1345 Greendale Road for an appraised purchase price of $3.1 million or $218,035 per acre. The purchase of this adjoining land would accommodate both an elementary and middle school in this high-growth area, though work would first begin on an elementary school.

“Our board’s actions continue to balance the needs that currently exist in our district while preparing intentionally for the future,” Superintendent Demetrus Liggins said. “Our team works continuously to identify property suitable for development in fast-growing areas such as Masterson Station. Acquiring this adjacent property gives us greater flexibility as we look ahead.”

The property purchase will not be final until the district completes due diligence and receives final approval from the Kentucky Department of Education’s District Facilities Branch.

“Although no tentative timeline is available for when a new elementary or secondary school would be built, this additional acquisition of land on Greendale allows us to plan for future needs as we study growth and enrollment patterns,” Chief Operating Officer Myron Thompson said.

The newest elementary school in the district is Brenda Cowan, which opened in August 2019. Since then, FCPS opened a new Tates Creek High School building in 2022 and recently broke ground for a middle school in the Hamburg area. During the past decade, enrollment in FCPS has increased consistently, and the district now serves over 40,000 students across 69 schools and programs.

“Our classrooms must be places that ignite innovation and attain equity as we support students in their growth as learners, leaders, and future members of the workforce,” Board Chair Tyler Murphy said. “Today’s board decision will help us alleviate crowding and position us for continued excellence in student achievement as Fayette County grows and evolves.”

In the past six years, the district has opened four schools: Brenda Cowan Elementary in the fall of 2019, Frederick Douglass High School in fall 2017, and Coventry Oak and Garrett Morgan elementaries in fall 2016. In addition, the district recently began work on a new Career and Technical Education Center in the former Herald-Leader building in downtown Lexington.

Posted Feb. 13, 2023