The Grayson County School Board Thursday night voted to purchase land to expand the H.W. Wilkey Elementary School property. 

The property consists of two lots and improvements from the Crawford Estate, located at the corner of Wallace Avenue and Mill Street (618 and 622 Mill St. specifically) in Leitchfield.

The board will purchase this property for $180,000, subject to final approval from the Kentucky Department of Education. 

"We find it's essential to our district for the expansion of Wilkey," said Grayson County School Board Chair Carolyn Thomason of the purchase. 

In the board's meeting agenda, it states that the property is not currently envisioned to be used for the footprint of any new building, "but it would be essential for access, parking, drainage, utility infrastructure and safety concerns."

The $180,000 purchase will come from Grayson County Schools' general fund, Thomason said.

The board's vote Thursday night authorizes Grayson County Schools Superintendent Doug Robinson and/or Board Attorney David Vickery to "take any and all actions needed to acquire this property...and execute any and all documents needed to effectuate this purchase."

In other business, the school board: 

*Approved the 2020 KETS second offer of assistance in the amount of $25,782 from the School Facilities Construction Commission. These funds must be matched equally by the board or can be escrowed for up to three years. 

*Approved applying for the Kentucky Comprehensive Literacy grant in the amount of $1,288,000. The grant is intended to support schools in improving the literacy skills of all learners from birth to grade 12.