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A Good Surprise from Frankfort!!

A Good Surprise from Frankfort!!

Jackson County Public Schools recently received some totally unexpected, but exciting news.  The Kentucky School Facilities Construction Commission in Frankfort voted last week to recommend construction funding for specific projects in several school districts, which included Jackson County.  One of those projects fully determined by the Kentucky School Facilities Construction Commission is a renovation to the Jackson County Middle School.  The aforementioned funds are part of the $1.3 billion Better Kentucky Plan in which $127 million is headed to local school districts.  Upon receipt of the federal funds the Kentucky School Facilities Construction Commission in Frankfort will allocate the grant funding specifically for this renovation project. 

Currently, Jackson County Public Schools are planning several projects to upgrade our three elementary schools in the very near future.  This completely  unexpected funding from Frankfort will now allow us to add the Jackson County Middle School to our construction upgrade plans. 

Please see the attached press release below from Governor Andy Beshear’s office concerning the Better Kentucky Plan and how it impacts our local school district. 

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Gov. Beshear: Better Kentucky Plan Directing $127 Million to Fund Much-Needed School Construction Projects

https://secure.kentucky.gov/Enterprise/images/kygov-logo.jpgCrystal Staley or Sebastian Kitchen502-564-2611https://governor.ky.gov

Office of the Governor
700 Capitol AvenueFrankfortKY40601

Projects will build a better Kentucky by improving schools, creating jobs

FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 2, 2021) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear announced $127 million is headed to local school districts to fund construction and renovation projects as part of his Better Kentucky Plan, which will direct $1.3 billion to schools, expanding internet access and delivering clean drinking water and quality sewer systems across Kentucky.

The Kentucky School Facilities Construction Commission voted Wednesday to recommend funding for projects in the following districts: Hart, Martin, Floyd, Boyd, Bellevue, Mayfield, Jackson, Grant, Breckinridge, Bath, Cumberland, Pendleton and Carter.

“This is and always will be an education first administration, and this funding gives us a unique opportunity to renovate and replace some of our schools, making them a safer and better learning environment for our children and our educators,” said Gov. Beshear. “This will inject tens of millions of dollars into our schools as we work to build a better Kentucky for people in every corner of the commonwealth.”

The funds to build and renovate schools is part of the $1.3 billion Better Kentucky Plan, which will create 14,500 jobs while expanding broadband, delivering clean drinking water and building new schools. Gov. Beshear and Kentucky lawmakers reached a bipartisan agreement at the close of the 2021 General Assembly to invest federal relief funds in infrastructure.

The Kentucky School Facilities Construction Commission voted to make an offer of assistance to 13 school projects around the state. The school districts will receive the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds this summer, contingent on allocation by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

“These funds are going to make a tremendous difference in the lives of our kids. From safety to technology, these changes are going to give Kentucky kids the educational leg-up they deserve,” said Chelsey Couch, executive director of the Kentucky School Construction Facilities Commission.

The ARPA money is being allocated as gap funding. The state education commissioner needs to approve the offers and then the local school districts must accept or decline the offer.

“Gap funds cover what is beyond the ability of the school district to bond or finance. This money is a bridge to carry important projects to completion,” added Gov. Beshear.

Each school district in Kentucky must maintain a standing facilities plan. Those plans are prioritized at the state level by the School Facilities Commission. If one of the chosen school districts does not accept the allocated funding, the funds will be applied to the next project on the state’s priority list.

The following school districts and funding amounts have been conditionally approved by the Commission:

District    

School    

Grant Funding    

Hart    

Bonnieville Elementary School    

$2,760,255    

Martin    

Inez Elementary School    

$10,660,970    

Floyd    

Duff-Allen Central Elementary School    

$10,975,466    

Boyd    

Cannonsburg Elementary School    

$7,298,241    

Bellevue    

Grandview Elementary School    

$5,751,751    

Mayfield    

Mayfield High School    

$10,478,018    

Jackson    

Jackson County Middle School    

$10,853,035    

Grant    

Dry Ridge Elementary School    

$7,283,926    

Breckinridge    

Breckinridge County Middle School    

$14,659,933    

Bath    

Bath County Middle School    

$7,146,482    

Cumberland    

Cumberland County Elementary School    

$13,163,077    

Pendleton    

Phillip Sharp Middle School    

$8,131,304    

Carter    

East Carter High School    

$14,077,165    

 





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