Proposed Logan County School Dispute

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Recently, the Logan County Board Of Education voted unanimously to put a new elementary school on Kentucky 100.

The school system is adding the new school to deal with overcrowding in three of its current schools: Auburn, Adairville and Olmstead Elementaries.

However, residents who live near the new school's proposed site are in an uproar.

Judy Cowan has lived on Kentucky 100 for nearly thirty years. She loves the peace and quiet of the area.

Cowan said adding a school across the street would go against why people moved into these nearby subdivisions.

"They don't want noise. They don't want pollution. They don't want the lights from the school. They don't want to hear bells ringing. They don't want to hear alarm systems going off," Cowan said.

Logan County Schools Superintendent Marshall Kemp said with all of the property development already happening on Kentucky 100, along with the potential bypass, their lifestyle is bound to change; but Cowan argues it would also be dangerous to put a school on such a dangerous stretch of road.

She said that right now cars and trucks are constantly speeding down the road.

"When they bring the children to school, you're going to have people still speeding from the opposite direction. They're going too fast to stop," Cowan noted.

Kemp said they would work to change that.

"I'm told if a school is built there, the highway department would enlarge the highway in front of the the school to a three lane and increase each lane by two feet more than the lanes that are there now," Kemp said.

He said that adding the school would also address other issues in the neighborhood like sewer and water problems.

Cowan said bringing a school to their neighborhood is the only "real" problem.

"The fact that a school is there, in that beautiful neighborhood, regardless of how beautiful that school is - its not going to eliminate the noise and pollution," Cowan explained.

The school board has been given "tentative approval" by the state to build the new school. Kemp said he has until June 11, 2007, to send in the paperwork to the Department of Education. The school board will then find out whether or not it can go ahead with the project.