Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Fletcher Awards $3.69 Million to Williamstown Independent School System

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, January 09, 2007  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

Michael Goins

Funds will be used for renovations and addition to school complex

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher visited Williamstown High School today to present a check for $3,692,520 to the Williamstown Independent School System. The funds, which come from the School Facilities Construction Commission (SFCC), will pay for renovation of an addition to the Williamstown Elementary, Middle and High School complex.

“This funding award will help Williamstown Independent Schools provide the best learning facilities for its students, teachers and community,” said Governor Fletcher.  “We must do our best to help every Kentucky child receive the best quality education in the highest quality facilities.”

“On behalf of the board, students, facility and our community, we want to thank Governor Fletcher for this announcement and the awarding of these school construction funds to Williamstown Independent Schools, “ said school Superintendent Charles Ed. Wilson. “We also appreciate the support and assistance from Senator Thayer and Representative Adams in helping to secure these funds.”

The funding for Williamstown Independent Schools is part of the $150 million allotted in the 2006-2008 Executive Budget to the SFCC to be used for construction, renovations and improvements to local schools across the commonwealth. Of the money allotted, $75 million is earmarked for school districts under the Urgent Need Trust Fund. Overall, nearly 44 percent of Kentucky’s $18 billion budget is allotted for improvements in education on the K-12 level over the next two years.

“We must continue to invest in our school systems if we are to continue building on the education reforms first set out by KERA in 1990,” said Kentucky Education Cabinet Secretary Laura E. Owens.  “To accomplish our goal we must continue to provide the best learning environment for students across the commonwealth.”

“I’d like to thank Governor Fletcher for coming to Williamstown today and awarding these much needed funds to the Williamstown school district,” said Sen. Damon Thayer (R-Georgetown). “The local board has worked hard to ensure that the local school district is doing its part to fund these much needed upgrades to their schools, and I’m glad the commonwealth stepped up and recognized their efforts with the awarding of state funds by the SFCC.”

“I’m certainly pleased that the SFCC is awarding these funds to Williamstown Independent Schools because of the high growth and high quality of education they provide,” said Rep. Royce Adams (D-Dry Ridge).  “These funds will have a big impact in the district’s efforts to provide the best level of education to its students.”

First created in 1985 by KRS 157.611, the SFCC was established to help local school districts throughout Kentucky meet the school construction and education technology needs of the state by operating in a manner that ensures an equitable distribution of funds based on unmet needs. Since the passage of KERA in 1990, school facilities have been funded by the commonwealth based on district size, wealth and need among Kentucky’s 175 school districts.