FRANKFORT , K.y – During recent months, Martin County Board of Education (BOE) members heard from their architect concerning sections of the new Sheldon Clark High School that could be on the chopping block due to lack of funding.
A new auditorium was one section that was on the chopping block for the new high school.
In January, Martin County BOE members along with the facilities and maintenance director, traveled to Frankfort in an effort to secure more funding for the completion of the new school. In Frankfort, the group met with a number of legislators to discuss additional sources of funding for the school.
Through negotiations, legislators were able to get $5 million additional state dollars to help build the school.
In 2014, structural engineers determined that Sheldon Clark High School was not structurally sound. In fact, the school was determined to in one of the poorest conditions of any schools in the state.
In the 2014 Legislative session, funding was obtained in the House Bill 235 which provided Shelden Clark High School with bonds of $14 million to build the new school.
Since that time, the Martin County BOE has faced additional costs associated with the design and development of the building. As a result, the BOE needed additional funds in order to complete the school,.
The additional funding brings the total allocation of state funding to $19 million.