Tuesday, October 28, 2014

State Open to Funding Moyer Renovation or Replacement

The state has committed to funding a total renovation or replacement of Moyer Elementary in 2015/Google

Whether it will be a renovation or a replacement of the building, Fort Thomas Independent Schools have been assured that the state will bear nearly all of the financial burden required to update the Ruth Moyer Elementary School facility, a project estimated to cost approximately $20 million, maybe more.

After a visit to the Moyer campus in October, the Kentucky School Facilities Construction Commission (SFCC) has offered to pay the difference between the project's final cost and the FTIS bonding capacity ($1 million).

According to FTIS Superintendent Gene Kirchner, the costs of renovation and replacement will likely be comparable, and so now it's up to the FTIS Local Planning Committee to review the current facility's plans and determine which would be more beneficial to the students and the district. 

According to a recent report, the existing plan, which was drafted in 2011, calls for renovating the building into a 450-student facility.

Over the last few years, however, Moyer's yearly enrollment levels have spiked by nearly 200 students, and some school board and district staff members believe this enrollment spike to be why the SFCC prioritized the Moyer renovation project over the district's previously expressed commitment to renovating Johnson Elementary, an older facility, first.

Also as a result of this enrollment spike, the district and the SFCC are now open to rebuild proposals from architects in addition to renovation plans. Whether the facility is renovated or replaced, the district has expressed a commitment to a 550-student facility.

Moyer Elementary's current enrollment is just above 500 students.

The SFCC plans to begin construction in the summer or fall of 2015, regardless of which plan is adopted.

- via the Kentucky School Boards Association

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