Department of Highways, District 11

Press Release Date:  Monday, March 26, 2007  
Contact Information:  SANDY RUDDER
(606) 598-2145

MANCHESTER, KY (March 26, 2007) – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet begins the process of distributing Kentucky Highway maps to middle schools all across the Commonwealth. The maps will be used for geography, math, and social studies classes, as well as for reference materials in school libraries.

“We had excess highway maps in storage and we think this is a golden opportunity for our school children,” said Transportation Cabinet Secretary Bill Nighbert. “When children become familiar with names and places on a map, they see how various routes connect different locations, which can make them want to learn more about Kentucky’s geography, history, and other facts.”
“This is an excellent way for the Transportation Cabinet to contribute to the expansion of horizons for thousands of young Kentuckians,” said Mike Calebs, acting chief district engineer for District 11, which includes Laurel County. “We are pleased to be involved in a project that will provide additional learning tools for students in Laurel County.”

When the determination was made that there was a large supply of surplus maps, the Transportation Cabinet contacted Education Cabinet officials, who, in turn, invited middle school principals and teachers to submit their requests for highway maps. 

The two Cabinets joined forces in a similar project last year, which involved the distribution of maps to elementary schools. “Our successful partnership with the Transportation Cabinet is a shining example of how various agencies of state government can work together to improve student achievement,” noted Education Cabinet Secretary Laura Emberton Owens. “This collaborative effort has produced a ‘Win-Win’ situation for everyone.”

“This generous offer from the Transportation Cabinet will provide valuable resources to Kentucky’s middle school students,” said Kentucky Interim Education Commissioner Kevin Noland. “Teachers will find many uses for the maps, and students will gain practical knowledge from a reliable, well-produced reference tool.”

Transportation Cabinet representatives from the Central Office in Frankfort and from each District Office will be involved in delivering the maps to middle schools. To date, more than 300 map requests have been received from teachers, principals, and superintendents in every area of the Commonwealth.

“This project is consistent with two very important themes in Governor Fletcher’s overall vision for the Commonwealth,” concluded Transportation Cabinet Deputy Secretary Crystal Ducker.  “It advances education and fosters a cooperative spirit among various state government agencies. The Transportation Cabinet’s maps initiative promotes the Governor’s vision with Unbridled Spirit!”


Bentley Alternative Principal Debra Hauser, Instructional Assistant Tammie Smith, Civics and Science teachers Sue Rudder and David Cupp along with students review a highway map.

South Laurel Middle 7th grade Math Teacher Chris Jackson and students review a highway map.

South Laurel Middle 6th grade Math Teacher Jana Jackson and students Rebecca Neely, Chasity Owens and Logan Day accept a donation of surplus highway maps.

This is the second consecutive year the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has made donations of surplus maps to schools across Kentucky to be incorporated into their curricula.