$75 Million Approved for School Districts Around the State of Kentucky


Governor Breshear announced on Wednesday, September 1, that $75 million was approved to go to Kentucky school districts to renovate local Vocational Education Centers. After the Kentucky School Facilities Construction Commission Board approved the grant funding. Officials with the Common Wealth of Kentucky the construction board had voted to offer grants to nine schools districts which operates the Local Area Vocational Education Centers programs. They said the funding can be utilized for to cover the cost of renovations which would include updating, expanding, repairing and replacing or rebuilding a structure. Ballard County will receive $68,896. The districts will support funds to the projects for which they applied. The Commonwealth of Kentucky said that the school districts that were chosen for the grant funding were out of nearly three dozen qualified applicants. They said applicants were evaluated by the commission based on age of current vocational education facility, financial need county unemployment rate and LAVEC enrollment. The school districts submitted 32 applications with $229 million in request for financial assistance for the vocational center that excel the $75 million in funding available through the program. They also said the governor will be reviewing qualified projects for potential addition in his upcoming budget that he will submit for January. Through a bipartisan agreement with legislators the Governor’s Better Kentucky Plan aims to create 14,500 jobs and will help Kentucky lead in the coming post-COVID economy. The plan allocates more than $750 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds to build schools and expand access to broadband and deliver clean drinking water and quality sewer systems across the commonwealth.To read about other key updates, actions and information from Gov. Beshear and his administration at governor.ky.gov and kycovid19.ky.gov.


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