Initial steps for the second phase of athletic facilities at Trimble County School began Wednesday as the school board unanimously voted to hire an architect for the project.

School board members chose K. Norman Berry Associates of Louisville, Ky., for the second phase of the project after meeting with several architectural firms. The district hasn't worked with the firm on any projects, board chairman Joey Martin said, but the firm comes highly recommended.

Because the Kentucky Department of Education must approve the cost of building projects for school districts, the final decisions wasn't based on bids for the project.

"Price was not a deciding factor," school board member Scott Burrows said.

The firm has worked on several projects in the Louisville area, including the Frazier History Museum, Louisville Slugger Field, North Oldham High School, Oldham County High School, and Midway College.

The final decision came down to recommendations from other schools that had worked with Berry. Board members were impressed with the number of reports and alternative solutions references said Berry offered during the building process.

The district might need to split the second phase into smaller pieces over a couple of years to achieve the final product they want. The project proposal includes a new football field, concession area, grandstands, and track and field facilities in phase two.

Yet the project - depending on the timeline which has not been determined - could cause issues with home games or meets in the fall or spring.

Several groups need to meet before setting a timeline for the project, Martin said, including the athletic director, the band director, coaches and parents.

Trimble County Schools Superintendent Marcia Dunaway said the football program has already expressed worries that the construction process could cut into the program's funding from ticket sales should work coincide with fall athletics.

"The home games are the biggest handicap (with the project) that I see," Dunaway said.

Teams would also have to work with Senior Night and Homecoming activities should home football games be moved away for a season.

"I'm sure we could work it out," school board member Haley Turner said.

Some school board members believe that the end result of a new facility might help the programs to be a little more flexible with scheduling conflicts.

"To have progress, you have to change some things around," school board member Kim Temple said.