Printed from:

Welcome to Columbia Magazine  

Rep. Carney's bill to help financially strapped schools

Measure designed to keep 12 coal country Kentucky schools remain open. "Educating our children is one of the most critical functions of our government. If that mission is in peril in any way, it is vital that we step up and provide assistance where we can." - REP BAM CARNEY, Chairman of the House Education Committee.
Click on headline for complete story

From Matt Smith, LRC & Daisy Olivo, House Republican Leadership

FRANKFORT, KY - (February 9, 2017) – In response to growing concern among 12 Kentucky school districts that they may not have the necessary funding to finish out the school year, the Kentucky House has established an emergency, zero-interest loan account for struggling school districts.

The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Bam Carney of Campbellsville, seeks to assist rural school districts who have fallen under difficult financial circumstances, through no fault of their own, using excess SEEK funds that are not to exceed $7 million. Declining coal severance revenues and the erosion of local property tax bases have left many rural school districts without the necessary operating funds.

"Educating our children is one of the most critical functions of our government," said Carney, who serves as chairman of the House Education Committee. "If that mission is in peril in any way, it is vital that we step up and provide assistance where we can. By passing this legislation, the House showed today that no public school in this state will be left behind."

School districts that meet certain criteria are eligible to draw up to $500,000 from the school loan fund account. While not a long-term fix, the legislation will help struggling Eastern and Western Kentucky schools remain solvent in the near future, so that no child’s education is harmed.

The measure now moves to the Senate for consideration.

This story was posted on 2018-02-09 10:02:55
Printable: this page is now automatically formatted for printing.
Have comments or corrections for this story? Use our contact form and let us know.

To sponsor news and features on ColumbiaMagazine, please use our contact form.


Quick Links to Popular Features content is available as an RSS/XML feed for your RSS reader or other news aggregator.
Use the following link:

Contact us: Columbia Magazine and are published by D'Zine, Ltd., PO Box 906, Columbia, KY 42728.
Phone: 270-250-2730 Fax: 270-751-0401

Please use our contact page, or send questions about technical issues with this site to All logos and trademarks used on this site are property of their respective owners. All comments remain the property and responsibility of their posters, all articles and photos remain the property of their creators, and all the rest is copyright 1995-Present by Columbia! Magazine and D'Zine, Ltd. Privacy policy: use of this site requires no sharing of information. Voluntarily shared information may be published and made available to the public on this site and/or stored electronically. Anonymous submissions will be subject to additional verification. Cookies are not required to use our site. However, if you have cookies enabled in your web browser, some of our advertisers may use cookies for interest-based advertising across multiple domains. For more information about third-party advertising, visit the NAI web privacy site.