Dr. Julia Roberts is the Director for Gifted Studies at WKU. She says: "I am anticipating that the operating funds for the Kentucky Academy of Math and Science will be in the budget when it is approved 60 days from now."
Western Kentucky University officials are disappointed with Governor Fletcher's failure to include all of the school's top construction priorities in the state budget.
Roberts says: "We need approximately three million dollars to make it work like the other 13 states that have similar schools of math and science."
120 of some of the most talented students in the state will attend the program during their junior and senior years of high school. Simultaneously getting their high school diploma and completing their first two years of college.
Roberts says: "What we're needing from the legislature this year is the operating money and annual appropriations."
The Kentucky Academy of Mathematics and Science will be housed in Florence Schneider Hall. The state has already provided money to retrofit Florence Schneider Hall for students to live in while attending the academy. Roberts says she feels confident the finalized budget will include the necessary funds to open and operate the academy.
Roberts says: "It's kind of like one legislator said to me last night, "We started this, and we need to finish it."
Western President, Gary Ransdell, says the university's top priority is a $35 million building for the College of Education. That is currently also not allocated in the budget, but in the next 60 days it could change