1) The board of education chose the name “Red Oak” following an exasperating selection process. Red Oak is the name of an old schoolhouse located about a mile away from the complex that also includes the recently-built East Jessamine Middle School. In addition to historical significance, Red Oak symbolizes the transformation students experience: from the small acorns of childhood to the mighty oaks of adulthood.
2) Red Oak will open next fall, accompanied by a thorough redistricting plan. The county will then have six elementary schools and aims to “tighten up” on attendance-area policies. These policies previously led to a situation in which close to 20% of Wilmore Elementary’s students did not live in the school’s dedicated attendance area.
3) The $13 million dollar structure is paid for by a “nickel tax”. This revenue is separate from other school revenue, and the district can only use these funds for infrastructure (not iPads). A “nickel tax” simply means that for every $100 of a home’s assessed value, the home pays about five cents in property tax for infrastructure. (For example, a home worth $65,000 would pay 650 nickels — $32.5 — towards this fund.)
Red Oak Elementary
(Photo: Jonathan Kleppingerfirstname.lastname@example.org / February 22, 2013)