Public hearing scheduled for new school in west Louisville

The proposed new school would accommodate 650 students and would combine Roosevelt-Perry and Wheatley Elementary Schools.

picture of potential new school in west Louisville school building next to new YMCA

JCPS is looking to build its first elementary school in west Louisville in 20 years.  The plan calls for the construction of the new school near 18th and West Broadway, continuing JCPS’ commitment to investing in west Louisville.  A public hearing will take place on Thursday before purchasing more than 4 acres of land in order to complete the project. The school would be connected to the new Republic Bank YMCA, which would allow students the opportunity to access amenities available at the site such as the pool and the gym.

A public hearing to gather community input is scheduled for Thursday, June 25th, at 5:30 PM. This hearing will take place at Central High School, located at 1130 W. Chestnut Street, Louisville KY, 40203. 

The proposed new school would accommodate 650 students and would combine Roosevelt-Perry and Wheatley Elementary Schools. JCPS is currently working with staff at both schools to think through how the design can best fit the needs of all students. 

“This is part of our commitment to provide modern, high quality educational opportunities for all of our students” said JCPS Superintendent Marty Pollio. “It also reaffirms our dedication to the students and families of west Louisville.”  

The public hearing will include social distancing with speakers given three minutes each. Written testimony can also be submitted by emailing angela.gilpin@jefferson.kyschools.us or by mailing JCPS at 3332 Newburg Road, Louisville, 40218. Both oral and written testimony will be included in the Executive Summary of the meeting. The Executive Summary will be submitted to the Jefferson County Board of Education and filed with the Louisville Metro Planning Commission. 

For further information, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxWQsKihYtA&t=7s

This story was originally published on June 23, 2020.