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Hopkins County Schools Receive $2.2M Grant for Safety Improvement Project

Kentucky's governor visited Madisonville on Friday to make a big announcement for two Hopkins County schools.

Posted: Jul 9, 2021 1:51 PM
Updated: Jul 9, 2021 6:36 PM

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear visited Madisonville on Friday to make a big announcement surrounding a transportation/school safety improvement project.

Gov. Beshear said that a $2.2 million grant would go to James Madisonville Middle School and Pride Elementary School - two schools in the Hopkins County Schools district - to fund the Hopkins County School Safety Project.

The project will include the construction of new turn lanes at both locations that will allow school buses to drop kids off. It will also allow the flow of traffic to move in a much safer manner, in turn reducing the risk for students walking to school.

"These projects aren't just important for the community, and they are because they are going to create jobs and spur economic development," said Ky. Gov. Andy Beshear. "These are important to make sure that every single day, the kids that we teach and serve, the kids that we put in those cars, get to school safely and get home."

Additionally, the grant will be used to create new turn lanes on Highway 41 for Pride Elementary School, new sidewalk ramps at the school, and reseal the school's crosswalks.

Finally, it will create new turn lanes on KY 254 on the south end of James Madison Middle School's Campus.

The $2.2 million grant is being provided by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. $200,000 of the grant will go towards designing the project with the remaining $2 million going towards the actual construction.

Gov. Beshear was joined in Madisonville on Friday by Hopkins County Schools Superintendent Amy Smith, James Madison Middle School Principal Matt Melton, and Pride Elementary School Principal Kristy Saint. Also in attendance was Madisonville Mayor Kevin Cotton and Hopkins County Judge-Executive Jack Whitfield.

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