FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JANUARY 10, 2017
Scott County Board of Education Levies Recallable Nickel
History in the Making for Scott County Schools
Tuesday night’s vote by the Scott County Board of Education to levy a recallable nickel is a historic event. With the support of the Scott County community, Great Crossing High School will open in August 2019 for 1500 students with a full complement of academic and athletic offerings.
From his first day on the job, Superintendent Dr. Kevin Hub has made this tax levy his first priority. Hub conducted town hall meetings, spoke with numerous community groups, and worked closely with board members for the past six months. Scott County needs a recallable nickel, as clearly supported by concrete data:
- Scott County Schools has more than $200 million in unmet facility/construction needs. This places Scott County behind only Fayette and Jefferson counties. The unmet need for Scott County is more than $70 million greater than fourth-ranked Henderson County.
- Current and projected student enrollment numbers indicate the need to construct a second high school and an additional elementary school. Enrollment numbers also show the need for a fourth middle school and yet another new elementary school within five years of opening one.
- Scott County Schools must address the routine maintenance and upkeep of current school facilities.
- With approximately $55 million in current bonding potential, the recallable nickel will address all of these issues. The nickel revenue would be enough to bond an additional $40 million. If the General Assembly equalizes the nickel in the 2018 budget, it would provide enough revenue to bond an additional $10 million.
The school board has made tremendous strides in recent months improving their cohesiveness as a team. The community can expect more of the same from the current board, under the leadership of Chair Kevin Kidwell.
“I have been asking for specific information on Great Crossing High School, the site where it will be built, and our bonding potential since I came on the board in 2014. Since last July, I have received answers to my questions; and, after a thorough review of the data, I am confident of my vote tonight supporting the recallable nickel. It is the way forward for Scott County Schools,” Kidwell said.
Jo Anna Fryman, the longest serving member of the Scott County Board of Education, agrees. “I realized in my first year on the board that for Scott County Schools to meet our construction and unmet facility needs, we must up our bonding potential by increasing facility taxes,” Fryman stated. “Any lingering concerns have been addressed since our hiring of Dr. Hub as superintendent. My vote tonight for the recallable nickel is grounded in my belief that this is what is best for our students and schools.”
The motion passed with a 5-0 vote.