BARDSTOWN, Ky. — Ten million dollars was awarded to Bardstown City Schools to support career and technical education and fund renovations for the district’s Local Area Vocational Education Center, or LAVEC.
The district will use the grant to bolster renovation plans for the Fifth Street campus. Initial renovation plans include adding a campus media hub, major upgrades to Bardstown High School and converting the first floor of the former Bardstown Elementary School building into a centralized career and technical education center. The grant will also help fund equipment for the 10 CTE concentrations the district currently offers.
On Sept. 1, as part of his Better Kentucky Plan, Gov. Andy Beshear awarded Kentucky school districts $75 million to upgrade LAVECs. The grants were approved by the Kentucky School Facilities Construction Commission Board.
Road safety funding
Beshear awarded $160,500 in Kentucky Transportation Cabinet road safety funding to Nelson County to resurface portions of Irish Ridge Road and Patton Road. He also awarded $244,425 to the City of Bardstown to resurface portions of Filiatreau Lane and $45,975 to the City of Bardstown to resurface portions of Spencer Mattingly Lane.
“The City of Bardstown is very grateful for this new financial support from Gov. Beshear and his administration,” said Bardstown Mayor Dick Heaton. “The road maintenance funds will help us upgrade one of our major commercial and industrial corridors in the city. Workforce development will be greatly enhanced with this significant support to the Bardstown Independent School District.”
Cleaner Water Program
Beshear awarded $1,697,955 to Nelson County to deliver clean drinking water and improved sewer and water systems from the Better Kentucky Plan’s $250 million Cleaner Water Program. The program is estimated to create approximately 3,800 jobs across the state.
To meet the growing demands of the area, the North Nelson Water District will invest in improvements that will allow the purchase of additional water from the Louisville Water Co. Improvements will include the construction of approximately 46,000 feet of water main with the necessary valves, hydrants, creek crossings and road bores. A new master meter and control valve vault will be installed along with telemetry at four sites. The additional water supply will support new businesses and residents throughout the region.
“We’re proud to be a part of this team effort, to support Nelson County, the cities of Bardstown, Bloomfield, New Haven and the LaRue County Water District as we work together to build a better Kentucky for the people of these communities,” said Beshear.
Funded by the American Rescue Plan Act and administered by the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority (KIA), $250 million was appropriated at the close of the 2021 General Assembly through a bi-partisan agreement for clean drinking water and wastewater grants to fund projects across Kentucky.
The Lincoln Trail Area Development District submitted the project to the KIA for funding.
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