The Scott County Board of Education work session held on April 22, 2013 included in depth discussion regarding community growth, revenue streams, and facilities. This was an important step in future planning for a new high school. Earl Smith, Director of Planning and Zoning, shared projections for growth using maps to illustrate future land use, annexation, and zoning. Other topics included concept maps for subdivisions, current lots and lot counts in the Georgetown/Scott County community.
Scott County Property Valuation Administrator Tim Jenkins walked the Board of Education through the steps required for property assessments and how this process influences tax rates certified by schools. Jenkins shared that 2009-2012 property assessments trended flat. So far, 2013 shows a better report with increases in residential property assessments. Jenkins stated that the average median price of a home in Scott County is approximately $150,000. The Board also discussed the recent announcement of expansion by Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky and its anticipated impact on Scott County Schools.
Glen Brashear from Ross, Sinclaire & Associates works closely with the Scott County School District Finance Corporation. Brashear shared information related to current and future bonding potential with members of the Scott County Board of Education. The Board received information showing a comparison of the school tax rates for Scott County Schools and neighboring counties. Only Harrison County has a lower tax rate of all counties listed. Jenkins echoed this statement and presented a property tax comparison of Franklin, Jessamine, Fayette, and Woodford all with substantially higher tax rates than Scott County.
Reflecting on the information shared, Superintendent Putty proposed the Board consider phase construction of a second high school on the Elkhorn Crossing campus. At the current bonding level, it would take up to10 years to secure the funding to construct the much needed second high school. Her proposal would allow the district to begin phase 1 of the construction by immediately building 27 classrooms, 5 science rooms, a kitchen, and a cafeteria which would accommodate 750 students. Superintendent Putty made a similar proposal in October. The increase in the current bonding would now allow construction of an additional 10 rooms as well as the kitchen/cafeteria thereby lessening concerns expressed in her earlier proposal. Putty shared that according to growth projections, the second high school would need to accommodate 1500 students. Phase construction would allow the district to more readily meet the needs of our growing student population. Additional classes would be constructed as funding becomes available.