Trigg County Public Schools Superintendent Bill Thorpe and the board of education were notified last week that the Trigg County Public Schools received a $10 million grant that will be used for the district’s Local Area Vocational Center.

The Trigg County Board of Education first approved the application for the grant during their board meeting on July 22, 2021. Matt Ladd, Director of Operations, and Holly Greene, Chief Financial Officer, spoke to the board about the grant and what it could do for Trigg County Public Schools.

Ladd told the board that this grant would only be for renovation of the building, which was built in 1973.

“This is greatly needed,” Clara Beth Hyde, Board Member said about the grant application. “This building needs a renovation to make it better for our students and staff and to elevate our vocational programs to one of the top programs in the state.”

On September 1, 2021, Thorpe was notified that Trigg County Schools was one of nine approved applications. There were 32 applications submitted, but only nine approved and all nine were fully funded for the requested amount.

“This is a huge opportunity for our vocational programs and our schools,” Thorpe said. “It is all thanks to Faye Stevens, CTE Director, Matt Ladd, and Holly Greene for all of their hard work on the application. We are thrilled to be able to make the much needed renovations to the vocational building much sooner than anticipated.”

The Trigg County Board of Education will need to accept the grant during their next board meeting on September 9, 2021 and begin the process to renovate the building.

Christian County also recieved the full $10 million grant. That money will go toward building the new consolidated high school. Since the plans call for the new facility to include the county’s vocational school, the grant money was eligible to go into the new building.

The other school districts that have been approved for LAVEC grants by the commission include:

Magoffin County — $4,369,318

Bardstown Independent — $10,000,000

Johnson County — $10,000,000

Lawrence County — $9,280,350

Fayette County — $10,000,000

Knox County — $10,000,000

Ballard County — $68,896

Most LAVEC programs are connected to or housed in area high schools. The school districts chosen for funding were among nearly three dozen qualified applicants. Applications were evaluated by the commission based upon: age of current vocational education facility, financial need, county unemployment rate and LAVEC enrollment.

— By Cadiz Record staff

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