Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Fletcher Awards $1.95 Million to West Point Independent School System

Press Release Date:  Thursday, January 18, 2007  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

Michael Goins

Funds will be used for renovations and additions to West Point Elementary School

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher visited West Point Elementary School today to present $1,953,382 to the West Point Independent School District in Hardin County. The funds, which come from the School Facilities Construction Commission (SFCC), will pay for the addition of six classrooms and a cafeteria at the school and to upgrade the building’s lighting and HVAC system. 

“The fact that this school has survived two major floods during its existence shows the commitment of the community and the staff of West Point Independent Schools to provide a quality education to their children,” said Governor Fletcher.  “By investing in schools like West Point Elementary, we are taking the steps necessary to help every Kentucky child receive the best educational opportunities.”

“This is a dream come true for a small independent district like ours to have Governor Fletcher present these funds to us,” said Dr. Pamela Stephens, superintendent of the school district.  “With a new housing development under way to build 100 additional homes in our community, our district is in great need of new classrooms.”

The funding for West Point Elementary School is part of the $150 million allotted in the 2006-2008 Executive Budget to the SFCC for construction, renovations and improvements to local schools across the commonwealth. Of that amount, $75 million is earmarked for school districts under the Urgent Needs Trust Fund. Overall, nearly 44 percent of Kentucky’s $18 billion budget is allotted for improvements in education on the P-12 level over the next two years.

“Thanks to Governor Fletcher and our legislators, we were able to provide the best education budget for Kentucky since the passage of KERA in 1990,” said Kentucky Education Cabinet Secretary Laura E. Owens.  “This foundation is crucial to our commonwealth having the best trained, best educated workforce to compete in today’s global economy.”

“By investing in school systems like West Point Independent, the Governor and the legislators have granted the students of Kentucky another opportunity for success,“ said Sen. Elizabeth Tori (R-Radcliff). “It is important that we continue to invest in facilities that are in most need of assistance.”

“I’m very glad to share in this check presentation to the West Point Elementary School,” said Rep. Jeff Greer (D-Brandenburg). “The Kentucky General Assembly appropriated these funds to the School Facilities Construction Commission to help schools across the commonwealth stay on a level playing field.  West Point Elementary School students are the winners today, and I know they can’t wait for the renovations to begin.”

“We worked hard the last couple of years to secure school facilities funding for West Point Elementary School,” said former Rep. Gerry Lynn (R-Brandenburg). “Out of all the schools systems I represented, West Point Independent had the greatest need for their facilities.  I’m proud to have been part of securing the funds being presented today.”

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.