Much Needed Renovations Coming to Area Schools

By: Kimberly Burcham Email
By: Kimberly Burcham Email

Schools in four counties in Eastern Kentucky are getting some much needed renovations this summer. Students in Martin, Lawrence, Johnson and Floyd Counties will go back to their classes in August to newer and more improved schools.

It might be summer break for students, but there are plenty of things to be done at Betsy Layne High School in Floyd County. Director of Facilities, Greg Adams says from new air conditioners to upgraded bathrooms and floors, he's excited to see Eastern Kentucky schools getting some much needed renovations.

"Eastern Kentucky was left out, and now, our representatives, our people, are fighting to get better facilities in Eastern Kentucky," Adams said.

When it comes to education, Adams says atmosphere is key. "Anytime you can make these facilities, I think kids, students learn and grow more in their environments."

Floyd County students won't be the only ones walking into a renovated school come August. Students in Johnson County can also expect upgrades. The Golden Eagles will be playing on new football and baseball fields with new stands and locker rooms.

"We want our students to have the best. We want our facilities to be second to none. We want them to be safe and we want them to be as good as any facilities in the state of Kentucky. We think they're very deserving of that," said Johnson County Schools Superintendent Steve Trimble.

Floyd and Johnson County School officials say renovations will be finished in time for the first day of school.

"I'm looking forward to the students coming back to a nice, clean, air conditioned environment when they come back in August," Adams said.

They say it’s another step toward improving education in Eastern Kentucky.

Among the changes in Martin County, they're converting Inez Middle School into Martin County High School and consolidating two middle schools. Plans in Lawrence County include a new technology center and more classrooms.

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  • by Captain Cat on Jun 21, 2008 at 09:19 AM
    Ok Ron, let's do as you say and talk fuel. An airplane can move even more than a train in a faster time. Stop living in the past.
  • by susan Location: lexington on Jun 21, 2008 at 04:52 AM
    All fine in new, updated schools, BUT there was no mention to the real problem-- education, which starts with better teachers. These teachers MUST be good role models, demand respect, and know the kings English themselves. SOME of out teachers are not acceptable, and here lies a big probblem.
  • by Ron Location: South Shore KY on Jun 20, 2008 at 07:10 PM
    Lets talk fuel a railroad engine can move one (1) ton 400 miles on a gallon of fuel. A railroad locmotive has a diesel motor turning a generator to charge large batteries. An electric motor is on four trucks the locmotive sit on. Each truck has four wheels the electric motors move the locmotive down the tracks. so why can't this same thing apply to a car or truck. A small motor in a car or truck could turn the genator or alternator to charge a small battery to run the electric motor sitting on the axel turning the wheels on the car or truck down the road. When you look at a front wheel drive car you see a big gas motor sitting on the axel moving the car just like a locmotive. Think a one ton car beening moved like should get 200 or more miles per gallon. Someone invent it. College engineers take note.


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