Gov. Fletcher Tours Morgantown Learning Center

By: Jon Hardison
By: Jon Hardison

Governor Fletcher stopped in Morgantown to tour a new educational complex that is rising out of the ashes of an abandoned factory.

The 83,000 square foot building used to house 1,000 jobs when Sumitomo was in town.

But the international company pulled out of town a few years ago and left Morgantown struggling to stay afloat.

But with the help of more than $1 million of state funds, the building now houses a learning center for high-risk students, and will soon be home to a new vocational school.

Students at the school were surprised to see the state's leader walk into their classroom.

"We said he just wants to see where his money's going and where the state's money's going. He cares about you guys, and they really feel important for him to be here today," said Deryl Hall, a teacher.

"One thing that something like this does, a loss does, is rally the county to stay focused and say we've gotta do something to make sure our future is secure. I've been very impressed with this, the money that's coming back here," Gov. Fletcher said.

The new learning center is considered part of Butler County High School and is now helping students earn credits through online courses.


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