County, school board make way for $60 million middle/high school project

This now empty field off of Irvington Road between Dream Fields and Hills Quarter is the site of a proposed middle/high school campus for Lancaster students in grades 7-12. If approved, the division is planning for a fall 2025 opening. Photo by Jackie Nunnery
Jackie Nunnery

by Jackie Nunnery

LANCASTER—Although a ground breaking is a long way away, plans for a new middle/high school took a big step forward when Lancaster County recently completed the purchase of roughly 57 acres of land near Kilmarnock, between Dream Fields and the Hills Quarter subdivision.

A deed recorded with the Lancaster County Clerk of Circuit Court on February 1 shows the county paid $485,000 to Carter Financial Corporation, James “Jimmie” Carter Jr., president, for 57.3710 acres. The county also received an easement of 13.591 acres from Carter Financial and Hills Quarter Community Association for access to Old St. John Road at Irvington Road and possible future access to Harris Road.

County administrator Don Gill said the county is still in the process of closing on a smaller 3-acre portion and expects to close within 30 days.

At the Thursday, February 17, planning commission meeting, school superintendent Dan Russell presented the school board’s capital improvement requests that included $60 million for a new school for….

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