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$10 million awarded for new vocational education center

HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. — $10 million has been awarded to the Christian County Public Schools Board of Education to support the construction of a new Local Area Vocational Education Center (LAVEC), which will be housed alongside a new high school.

Christian County Public Schools currently has two main high schools and two LAVEC campuses. The district’s current construction plan calls for building a combined traditional high school and LAVEC facility on one academy-style campus.

The Gateway Academy to Innovation and Technology currently offers more than three dozen educational programs. When the new building is complete, the program will add even more programs like cinematography and firefighting.

Christian County Public Schools Superintendent Christopher Bentzel added: “The Christian County Public School system is on an exciting path forward to give students new academic and career opportunities. We are grateful that Gov. Beshear and the Kentucky General Assembly recognize the important work we are doing here and have awarded this grant to Christian County. 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.”

In Hopkinsville, the Governor also awarded $500,000 to the Christian County Fiscal Court to design and construct a new single-span bridge to replace a wooden bridge on Davis Road (County Route 1086) that was closed this summer due to safety concerns. This served as a critical connection for residents, emergency responders, school buses, and utility providers who have no vehicle access to these Kentuckians’ homes.

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