Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear officially presented Christian County Public Schools with a $10 million grant Wednesday.

CCPS was one of nine school districts in the state to get a grant to help support vocational initiatives and education centers throughout the commonwealth. Over 30 school districts applied for the grant.

“It was very competitive,” Beshear said. “The difference was half a point in some of the cases. These dollars are earned because of the work (the school district) put in.”

Christian County received the maximum amount available. The $10 million will be used toward the construction of a new consolidated high school in Christian County making career and technical educational offerings available to all high school students.

“We love that it is going to be almost seamlessly integrated into the new high school,” Beshear said. “You are going to get the best in order to be prepared to be the very best. Education is vital to making sure the kids in our communities have the opportunities they deserve.”

Superintendent Chris Bentzel is grateful for the grant.

“The Christian County Public School system is on an exciting path forward to give students new academic and career opportunities,” said CCPS Superintendent Christopher Bentzel. “We are grateful that Governor Beshear and the Kentucky General Assembly recognize the important work we are doing here and have chosen Christian County for this grant. These funds will be used to build a vocational education center that will be housed at our new state-of-the-art academy-style high school. The future is bright as we offer students an education that goes above and beyond anything currently offered in the state of Kentucky.”

During the presentation, Beshear also praised the students and teachers for their efforts during the past two years of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“When I was your age,” the governor said while addressing the students in attendance. “I cannot say that I did something that helped save the country or the world. I could not have been more proud of the job our educators have done the past two years.”

Also on Wednesday, Beshear announced that he was awarding Christian County Fiscal Court with $500,000 to design and build a new single-span bridge on Davis Road to replace the old wooden bridge that had previously been damaged.

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