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Design visions for New Haven, Cox’s Creek coming into focus

Architects’ visions for Cox’s Creek Elementary and New Haven School would alter the buildings both inside and out, and late last week they shared a glimpse at just how fresh the new faces could be.

Community centered spaces for students, staff, and families continues to be a common theme. One idea at Cox’s Creek is to unify an expanded outdoor classroom and the main entrance by constructing a courtyard accessible through a reconfigured media center. The concept could include both an outdoor learning area as well as a play area and walking loop.

Architects Jeff Pickett and Nick Passafiume shared drawings with school design committees including a canopy on the front of the building that would improve functionality and support increased accessibility to the gymnasium.

The change to New Haven’s exterior could be just as dramatic, with a renovated façade and entranceway. That is one of three proposed areas of improvement. Additional features include more windows to improve natural light in the cafeteria as well as classrooms. The media center could be extended into a central courtyard, also providing more natural lighting options.

“We are still at the very beginning stages of the conversation. The facility design teams at Cox’s Creek and New Haven have provided a lot of good feedback to the architects,” said Wes Bradley, superintendent of Nelson County Schools.

New Haven and Cox’s Creek are part of an historic $52 million investment in the district’s public schools facilities.

Pickett’s firm was hired for New Haven and Cox’s Creek, and he said they are still in the early phase where architects and local committees are sharing ideas and concepts that could change before plans are set and drawn.

“We are still uncovering and understanding what the school buildings need for their existing conditions,” Pickett said. “Once we get this phase settled, we’ll have a schematic design that everyone will believe in and understand.”

Pickett said this early stage is important to providing a cohesive vision, and it is off to a good start.

“The synergy in the groups have been really good,” Pickett said. “Everybody's been on the same page in thinking bigger about school design. It's been exciting in that aspect of it. A lot of things we've talked about: flexibility, community identity that goes for both schools and all ideas around that are supported.”


March FACILITY PLANNING UPDATE

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School construction design focuses on student needs

MARCH 16, 2022 — Assessing students’ needs and the future of learning were the focus of early progress in uniting Nelson County’s middle and high schools onto two community campuses.

Since early March, nearly 50 people were involved in the first round of facility design sessions that comprised current and former educators, parents, and staff engaging in conversations with architectural and construction experts about how physical spaces impact student learning. Those design team meetings will continue throughout the site design phase.

On Monday, architects and engineers gathered detailed information about current facilities and future needs with site visits accompanied by district health, technology and nutrition staff. Project leaders visited Cox’s Creek Elementary, New Haven School, Nelson County High School, The Academy and the bus garage about each site’s specific needs.

“These were detailed discussions about the everyday needs of our students and staff,” said Kevin Mattingly, director of facilities. “When you are discussing facilities, especially, you want to look at what our needs are today, but also what needs we will have 10, 20, 30 years from now.”

Thomas Nelson campus to expand to accommodate Middle School wing

The Nelson County Board of Education Tuesday authorized the purchase of nearly 10 acres of property adjacent to Thomas Nelson High School for the future community campus.

The property lies north of the current campus and fronts Ky. 245. The addition will enable significant benefits over other planning options for uniting middle and high schoolers onto one campus. 

Based on discussion with the Board, an addition would have required replacing current facilities at a significant cost, such as the tennis courts or geothermal field and bus lot. Avoiding those costs shaves an estimated half-million dollars from the projected $16 million project. 

In addition to cost benefits, the expanded campus allows for:

  • No permanent relocation of existing amenities, such as school parking and sports facilities.

  • Increased flexibility in construction for opportunities for dedicated middle school learning, athletic, and outdoor spaces.  

  • Expanded entrances and traffic flow options. 

  • Less disruption to current school operations during construction. 

“This option offers the best value for our district, the Nelson County taxpayers, and our students,” Bradley said.

Funding for the $625,000 property will come from funds remaining from prior facility projects. 

Designing to learn

MARCH 1, 2022 — The Eminence Independent School District's EdHub demonstrates how design can positively influence learning and student success.

Edutopia reported about how designing for collaboration and 21st century learning led to Eminence's success in its article "A Small Town School Embraces a Big Vision."

Studio Kremer, the architectural firm behind EdHub that is also designing Nelson County's Community Campuses, details more about the design on its website.

Table teams start meeting this week to explore the design possibilities for Nelson County's District Facilities Plan.

Three questions

As Facility Table Teams begin discussing modernizing our schools, three questions must be answered:

  • What is most important to the future of learning spaces?

  • How do we honor the story and history of the school?

  • How can we build spaces that support our community for the next 30 years?

FEBRUARY FACILITY PLANNING UPDATE

An architect's rendering of a renovated New Haven School, introduced as an example concept during the local planning committee process, shows a new entryway as one of several possible improvements at the school enabled by the recently updated Nelson County Schools District Facility Plan.

Nelson County BOARD commits to world class facilities, with major investment in the future of our students

FEBRUARY 15, 2022 — Nelson County schools took the first big step Tuesday toward modernizing its facilities as well as how it prepares students for success in the 21st century.

Four major projects were approved for a potential $50 million investment in the future of our community.

The schools and projects authorized by the Nelson County Board of Education were:


• Nelson County Community Campus: $23.8 million

• Thomas Nelson Community Campus: $14.2 million

• New Haven School Renovation: $6.4 million

• Cox’s Creek Elementary Renovation: $5.2 million

Educators at the schools were excited for the coming improvements, enabled through the recently updated district facilities plan. For some schools, like New Haven, the wait had been a long one.

“Our building has unfortunately not had a lot of updates and students see that. Students see that when we go on field trips, when they drive by other schools, when they play sports in other buildings and on many other occasions,” said Casey Ayers, a teacher at New Haven. “From a teacher standpoint and living in the community, it will make me happy to know we are valued and not ‘last,’ as some may feel.”

Nelson County campus will see the largest single investment. Built in 1969, the high school has portions of the building that have not been renovated in more than three decades. In the end, we expect the entirety of the Nelson County campus to receive major renovations and redesign.

“Nelson County High School has always been committed to caring for and educating the students of our community,” said David Sparrow, a longtime teacher and coach who also graduated from the high school. “These renovations will prepare students for success in the 21st century by improving their education and care on our campus.”

Expanded student opportunities

The motivation behind the work includes expanded learning opportunities for all students P-12. This includes a long-term commitment to expanded pre-school access in all of our rural communities along with a major investment in uniting middle school students on the east and west side of Nelson County.

“For the first time in our history, the Community Campus model will allow middle school students and families to unite together for expanded access in world-class facilities of learning. Unquestionably, this will make a positive impact on our youngest Nelson Countians and our community as a whole in the decades ahead,” Superintendent Wes Bradley said. These opportunities include expanded course offerings, earlier access to advanced programs, athletics and student leadership.

Architects, manager hired

These early steps took the form of the Board of Education approving the hiring of the architects and construction manager for the projects. The Board also approved applying for BG-1s for each school, the first step in any building project that includes a general description, initial cost predictions and allows the Kentucky Department of Education to begin tracking the project.

Studio Kremer was selected for the community campus projects and Pickett & Passafiume for both New Haven and Cox’s Creek. Codell Construction Management was selected as the construction manager for all of the projects.

Design process next step

With the BG-1 application filed and architects hired, the vision of what a community campus model will look like will start to take shape. Beginning as early as March, local school design teams will begin to form with architects, teachers, school administrators, and families playing a role in the initial design process.. That design process could last up to 15 months. Construction on some of the projects could be completed as early as August 2024.

Nelson County Board of Education Chairman Damon Jackey, left, and Diane Berry discuss business at Tuesday's meeting, where the Board approved moving forward with four major projects that will renovate schools and unite middle-school students on the east and west side of the county into two campuses.

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2021 Facility Planning One-Pager

DECEMBER 1st LPC MEETING

LPC MEETING #6

BLOOMFIELD MIDDLE SCHOOL

6:00 PM

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1ST, 2021


  1. CALL TO ORDER AND ATTENDANCE

  2. APPROVE MINUTES FROM PREVIOUS MEETING

  3. REVIEW DFP FEEDBACK & SEND DFP FOR LOCAL BOARD FOR CONSIDERATION

  4. REVIEW TIMELINE

  5. ADJOURN



NOVEMBER 17TH LPC MEETING

LPC MEETING #5

NELSON COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL

5:30 PM

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 17TH, 2021

  1. CALL TO ORDER AND ATTENDANCE

  2. APPROVE MINUTES FROM PREVIOUS MEETING

  3. TRAFFIC CONSULTANT DATA (5)

  4. REVIEW DRAFT DFP EXAMPLES (30)

  5. DEBATE & DISCUSS DFP OPTIONS (45)

  6. LPC CALENDAR (5)

  7. ADJOURN


NOVEMBER 10TH LPC MEETING

LPC MEETING #4

NEW HAVEN SCHOOL

5:30 PM

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 10TH, 2021

  1. CALL TO ORDER AND ATTENDANCE

  2. APPROVE MINUTES FROM PREVIOUS MEETING

  3. INTRODUCTION TO KSPMA CONSULTANT

  4. DISCUSSION OF ROLE OF CHAIR & VICE CHAIR

  5. DFP DRAFT DISCUSSIONS (50)

  6. REVISED LPC CALENDAR (5)

  7. ADJOURN

NOVEMBER 3rD LPC MEETING

LPC MEETING #3

BOSTON SCHOOL

5:30 PM

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 3RD, 2021

  1. CALL TO ORDER AND ATTENDANCE

  2. APPROVE MINUTES FROM PREVIOUS MEETING

  3. REVIEW LOCAL DEMOGRAPHIC DATA (15)

  4. EQUITY & OPPORTUNITY MATRIX & PROGRAM DATA FOLLOW-UP (25)

  5. SYNTHESIS OF COMMUNITY BASED DISCUSSIONS (15)

  6. REVISED LPC CALENDAR (5)

  7. ADJOURN

KDE ORIENTATION PART II PRESENTATION

21 - 9.28 updated Part 2 Orientation 2 Nelson

ORIENTATION MEETING #2

LPC MEETING #2

BLOOMFIELD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 27TH, 2021

  1. CALL TO ORDER & ATTENDANCE

  2. APPROVE MINUTES FROM PREVIOUS MEETING (5)

  3. LPC MEMBER MEET AND GREET (5 )

  4. DISCUSSION OF FACILITATOR ROLE (10)

  5. REVIEW OF PART 2 KDE FACILITY PRESENTATION (20)

    1. NCS DFP REVIEW

    2. CURRENT BUILDING CAPACITY

    3. COST OF DELIVERY & FUNDING SOURCES

    4. NCS ENROLLMENT & PROJECTION DATA

  6. LPC COMMUNITY TABLE DFP DISCUSSIONS (30)

    1. COMMUNITY BASED DISCUSSION

    2. WHITE BOARD SHARE OUT

  7. CURRENT DISTRICT PROGRAM DATA & GOALS (15)

  8. REVIEW OF TRANSPORTATION TRENDS (15 MIN)

  9. LPC CALENDAR PLANNING

  10. ADJOURN


ORIENTATION MEETING #1

LPC MEETING #1

MY OLD KENTUCKY HOME MIDDLE SCHOOL

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 20TH, 2021

  1. SUPERINTENDENT COMMENCES LOCAL PLANNING COMMITTEE

  2. ELECT CHAIR/VICE CHAIR

  3. FIRST OFFICIAL CALL TO ORDER & ATTENDANCE

  4. KDE PART 1 PRESENTATION (POWER POINT) - REVIEW PROCESS/REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS

  5. DESCRIPTION OF MATERIALS PROVIDED TO LPC (BUILDING PLANS & ASSESSMENTS)

  6. REVIEW OF CURRENT DISTRICT FACILITIES PLAN (2019) & BUILDING CONDITIONS

  7. REVIEW FUNDING PATTERNS

  8. CURRENT COST OF DELIVERY OF SERVICES

  9. HISTORY OF NCS FACILITY PLANNING & CURRENT DISTRICT GOALS & NEEDS

  10. HOMEWORK FOR NEXT MEETING

    1. REVIEW (2019) DFP FOR OBSERVATIONS & QUESTIONS

    2. IDEAS/GOALS TO BE DISCUSSED BY LPC AT NEXT MEETING

  11. REVIEW TENTATIVE PLANNING TIMELINE

  12. LPC CALENDAR

  13. ADJOUR


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