Somerset High School is in line for a $6.5 million renovation. The application for funding is currently at the Kentucky Department of Education for review.
“At the high school, the renovations will be composed of an expansion of the cafeteria, some design aspects within the library, and ultimately updating HVAC and other electrical components throughout the majority of the building,” said Somerset Independent Schools Superintendent Kyle Lively.
The oldest portion of the high school was built in 1910 and the renovations will maintain the historic character of the building. The school is a combination of three sections, built and renovated at different times over the decades.
Lively says the planned renovation will upgrade important functional aspects of the school.
“By fixing the HVAC, we’re no longer going to be spending as much money repairing the dated ones that we have in there," said Lively. "So we can spend those monies on the technologies and on the other things that help enhance the environment for the 21st Century learners.”
Part of the funding will be used to build a new soccer complex with locker rooms and a concession stand.
The Somerset Independent School district has been working with the Owensboro architectural firm RBS Design Group on the project.
Lively said the school district is hoping to hear about approval of the state funding soon, so the renovations can begin during the summer.