Kentucky Reaches "Blitz to 96", Some Schools Miss Out On Grant

MUHLENBERG COUNTY, Ky. (WBKO) - Some Kentucky school districts have missed the chance for a $10,000 state grant.

The new "Graduate Kentucky" standard keeps kids in school until they earn a high school diploma or turn 18. A $10,000 grant from the state was awarded to the first 96 school districts who passed the bill and raised their drop out age. Some schools in our area missed out. One of those included Muhlenberg County.

Muhlenberg's interim superintendent admits they should have voted earlier. He says the grant could have been used to help pay for a technical vocational school being built for students who need extra help earning their diploma.

"The only reservation about the 17 and 18 year old staying in school was it was quite evident they would be fairly hard to educate because they have already made up their mind they are not so interested in school. So from our stand point we were hoping for more revenue," says interim superintendent Sonny Fentress.

The state board of education reports 105 districts have approved the new drop out age.

For a link to see if your nearest district has adopted "Graduate Kentucky" and will be receiving the state grant, click the link below.

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