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Grant hearing well attended, resolution 2016-05 approved

There was strong community support with overflow crowd in support in attendance for Adair County School District's application for $500,000. Community Development Block grant application for center, which will be funded by several sources. Council unanimously supports Mayor Hardwick's recommendation to back the project.
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By Ed Waggener

Columbia's City Council meeting room was filled to overflowing with representatives from local government and education supporting the Adair School District application for a Community Development Block Grant (CBGD) to fund a new Community Learning Central/Central Office Building.

The proposed learning center would serve students in the Adair School District during the day and, through Somerset Community College, offer evening education for adults.


Judy Keltner, Associate Director for Community/Economic Development with the Lake Cumberland Area Development District, led the hearing and recorded volunteers who wanted to speak on the record in favor of the grant application and the good it would do helping students gain abilities to have a head start on their careers.

All council members were present at the meeting following the hearing and voted unanimously to approve resolution 2016-05 authorizing Mayor Curtis Hardwick to enter into and file the CDBG application to the Department for Local Government.


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Judy Keltner leads public hearing on new Learning Center



2016-10-26 - City Hall, 116 Campbellsville Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com (c).
Judy Keltner, Columbia, KY, the Associate Director for Community/Economic Development at the Lake Cumberland Add District, led the Public Hearing to determine support for the proposed Adair County School Districts new Community Learning Center/Central Office. Following the hearing and a special called meeting of the Columbia City Council, the Council, with all members present, voted unanimously for a "Resolution of authority/approval authorizing Mayor Hardwick, center, background, to enter into and file the CDBG application to the Department for local government and to additionally authorize him to review and sign any and all necessary documents that may be required for said application and project implementation." The CDBG application is for $500,000. Keltner said that the total project is $6.5 million, with $1,000,000 coming from an Eastern Kentucky "Red Leg" loan, $1,250,000 in a new Adair County School District bond issue, and $3,750,000 from a State of Kentucky Workplace Development grant. - EW

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Assistant ACHS Principal Travis Gay speaks in favor of Learning Center



2016-10-26 - City Hall, 116 Campbellsville Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com (c).
Judy Keltner interviewed Assistant Adair County High School Principal Travis Gay, for the audio record to attend the application for a $500,000 CDBG - Community Development Block Grant - component of a $6.5 million package need to completely fund the proposed Community Learning Center/Central Office complex proposed at Adair County High School. Gay was pointing out students in Jennifer Carter's Healthcare Pathway, in the audience, who are among those entering colleges and universities with one and two years of college credit behind them. - EW

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LWC Criminal Justice major from Edmonton shadowing CPD



2016-10-26 - City Hall, 116 Campbellsville Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com (c).
City of Columbia officials are proud of the internship program Aimee Terris Young, left, is participating in with the Columbia Police Department. Young, a Criminal Justice Major at Lindsey Wilson College, is shadowing CPD officers - last evening Ofc. Josh Brockman - and was in attendance at the CDBG Block Grant hearing and subsequent City Council Meeting. She is from Edmonton, KY, and is a graduate of Metcalfe County High School. And though she says she has learned a lot from the work with local police, and though her brother, Colby Romines is a Deputy with the Metcalfe County Sheriff's Department, her long term goal is to be an attorney, modeling her career a bit more along that of City Attorney Marshall Loy, right, above. Proud of the program, center, is Columbia Mayor Curtis Hardwick. Young says she plans to study law, possibly at Stetson University, in Florida, where he hopes to live and work. - EW

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School Board Chairman speaks for CDBG resolution



2016-10-26 - City Hall, 116 Campbellsville Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com (c).
Adair County School Board Chairman Floyd Burton, standing, spoke in favor of the resolution in support of the $500,000 CDBG application. Recording his statement is Judy Keltner of Lake Cumberland Area Development District, who will file the grant application on behalf of the school district and the City of Columbia. Seated in front of Burton are, foreground, Jennifer Carter, Health Pathways instructor, with four of her students, who spoke at the hearing - and wowed the council. Makayla Smith, far right, drew applause when she told the crowd that an added benefit for her was that now, after taking Healthcare Pathway courses, "I know what the doctor is talking about when I'm at her office." - EW

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Supt Reed: New programs major reason for zero drop out rate



2016-10-26 - City Hall, 116 Campbellsville Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com (c).
Judy Keltner recorded the audio of Superintendent Alan W. Reed's support of the resolution by Columbia City Council last night to help obtain a Community Development Block Grant of $500,000 toward the construction of the new $6.5 million Community Learning Center/Central Office Building. Reed told the gathering that since implementation of new career pathways, the Adair County High School has achieved a zero drop out rate. He called on Dean of Students Robbie Harmon to comment; Dean Harmon said that the system has achieved a zero drop out rate for four years in a row. Mr. Reed noted that the new center will provide college classes on the Adair County School Campus during the school day, and adult education at night. At right, recording the session for the City of Columbia, is City Clerk Rhonda Loy. - EW

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Mayor Hardwick speaks for record backing Learning Center



2016-10-27 - City Hall, 116 Campbellsville Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com (c).
Columbia Mayor Curtis Hardwick has wholeheartedly endorsed the proposed Community Learning Center/Central Office for the Adair County School Campus. Above, he spoke for the audio record, saying that Adair County High School is a major driving force leading to new and better jobs for Columbia and Adair County. - Clicking Read More accesses Adair County School District Media Relations' Wes Feese's account of the meeting. In turn, there are links back to original CM Story published Tuesday evening after the meeting was concluded. - EW

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Outtake from historic Council meeting - Learning Center grant



2016-10-30 - City Hall, 116 Campbellsville Street, Columbia, KY .
Judy Keltner Associate Director for Community/Economic Development with the Lake Cumberland Area Development District, addressed a packed public hearing at 5pmCT, Tue 25 Oct 2016, at City Hall, 116 Campbellsville Street, Columbia, KY. to obtain citizen input for the Communityy Block Grant (CDBG) Application for the proposed Adair County Learning Center/Central Office Project. The proposal for the City to assist in the obtaining a Community Development Block Grant in the amount of $500,000, was enthusiastically and unanimously approved by all six City Council Members, Charles Grimsley, Linda Waggener, Craig Dean, Craig Lasley, Ron Rogers, and Mark D. Harris. At far right, front row, is Superintendent Alan W. Reed, who was one of the speakers. Adair County Judge Executive Mike Stephens was present in support of the initiative.

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