Governor's Office for Local Development
Owsley County Board of Education Receives Governor Fletcher’s Recommendation for Funding

Press Release Date:  Friday, May 26, 2006  
Contact Information:  Samantha Cook
Public Information Officer

            Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) today recommended for funding a $300,000 Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grant for the Owsley County Board of Education.  Funds will be used for the Owsley County Kids on Stage Project.  The funding status of the project is pending approval from the federal level.

            Kentucky’s children need every opportunity to expand their horizons and explore new learning experiences,” said Governor Fletcher.  “The Kids on Stage project offers hands-on learning for children and may be beneficial in providing them vocational direction.”

            ARC funds will be used to complete the reconstruction of the former Technical Education Room into an auditorium and recording studio.  The installation of curtains, dressing rooms, a sound booth, lighting and additional seating for up to 200 people will also be completed.  Additionally, funds will be used to purchase sound and video recording equipment.  The recording studio would be operated in partnership with the WOCS station.  Up to 300 students will utilize this facility.

             “Students need out-of-textbook experience in order to inspire them to take an interest in their education,” said Senator Robert Stivers (R-Manchester).  “These students will develop skills in communication and performance that they can carry with them for the rest of their lives.”

            Owsley County High School has benefited from a partnership offered by the Kids on Stage Foundation based in Tennessee.  The foundation has provided musical instruments for classroom use and has committed funds to this project.

            Representative Marie Rader (R-McKee) said, “This project will help Owsley County children prepare for the future and get them thinking about career possibilities that they otherwise might not have considered.  I am pleased to see these ARC funds put to good use.”

            Governor Fletcher is the current ARC States’ Co-Chair.  As states’ co-chair, Governor Fletcher is responsible for representing the 13 ARC governors before Congress and the Bush Administration; serve as a member of various ARC committees; and provide guidance on policy and administrative issues concerning the commission. 

            ARC is a federal-state economic development program used to meet infrastructure needs as well as to support education, workforce development, leadership and civic capacity building, entrepreneurship, asset-based development and affordable and accessible health care. ARC is federally funded and available to Kentucky’s 51 most eastern and south-central counties. Applications for ARC funds are submitted to GOLD.