We are proud to announce that Johnson County Schools was just awarded a $10 million grant from the School Facilities Construction Commission to build a new Career & Technical Education Center which will be part of the construction of a new Johnson Central High School.
This grant opportunity was provided through House Bill 556 which allocated $75 million for the renovation or construction of Locally Operated Career and Technical Centers with a maximum award of $10 million. Johnson County was one of 32 districts that applied for the funding and one of only six that received maximum funding throughout the state.
“Johnson Central has been the gold standard for over a decade in offering the most pathways for students of any single school in the eastern half of Kentucky including Lexington and Louisville,” said Noel Crum, Assistant Superintendent and CTE Coordinator for Johnson County Schools. “This grant will allow us to realize our dream of having the best facilities to complement and match the outstanding programs and opportunities we currently offer our students.”
The SFCC grant of $10 million will be combined with the bonding available to the district to construct a new Johnson Central High School and CTE Center.
“This grant is the icing on the cake to combine with the strong support from our community and board of education, to take the necessary steps for realizing this dream,” said Johnson County Superintendent Thom Cochran.
Earning this grant now sets a rapid timeline as a completed building plan (BG-1) must be approved and bids must be in place by September 1, 2022. “The timing of this grant opportunity is perfect as there has never been a greater need for providing our students the best facilities in eastern Kentucky which will allow our superior CTE programs to continue growing and providing transitions to successful outcomes for our students,” said JCHS CTE Principal Monica Daniel. “We already offer the most opportunities of any school in the area, but our students also deserve new facilities like we see throughout neighboring counties here in our region.”