By Rhonda Smyth, CV&T News Editor
Back in February I got excited about some information I received from Congressman Ben Chandler’s office that Estill County Schools were getting $1,579,000 for Title I programs and Individuals with Disabilities in Education.
There was also to be another $655 million allocated to Kentucky for new construction, modernation, renovations and repairs of schools.
Now I was really excited because I thought there was a good chance that Estill County could get some of this money to help build the new West Irvine Elementary School that we need so badly.
That was it. That is all I ever heard. Nobody ever came to town bringing one of those big commemorative checks and as far as I knew the money never reached our school system.
Then I heard on the news and read in the Lexington paper that Kentucky got the money, but that it was used to plug up the hole left by a $700 million budget deficit.
What? Is this right?
I had e-mailed Congressman Chandler’s office and asked for an interview back in February and never could get it worked out. But as fate would have it, I was contacted by someone in the congressman’s office and was able to set up a telephone interview for last Thursday.
He explained to me that the only way they could get the law passed was by taking out the part about construction and renovation and giving the money to the state.
Granted, the school systems will benefit from the money because staff will receive one percent raises. Also Superintendent Hensley told me that there won’t be any cuts to programs and staff and that their SEEK money will remain the same as it was in 2009.
But according to kentucky.com funding for after school tutoring, professional development and textbooks will be cut.
What is next? The government already owns banks and car manufacturing companies.
I don’t understand politics and I am not sure that I want to.
Well, I am not one to complain, (ahem) but… I have to gripe just a little.
I always enjoy graduation especially now that the graduates control the program. There is never a long-winded boring speaker. We just get to hear the top students in the class and the officers speak. The chorus sings, the band plays, the kids get their diplomas, toss their hats in the air and we all go home happy.
But this year the ceremony was held on the football field, that isn’t unusual, it is always on the football field. But this time it was in the hottest part of the day and there is no shade. It has always been at night.
I don’t know what the temperature was. I just know it was H-O-T! If I didn’t have friends in all kinds of places I wouldn’t have made it through the program and back to my car. I saw soundman Darrell Horn who just happened to be providing the microphones and speakers that day. And he also just happened to have a canopy over the equipment so when I asked him if I could share his shade he said I could and even got me a padded chair on which to sit.
The people who had to sit on the metal bleachers and in the metal chairs would only fan and suffer.
I know more than one grandma that had to sit in their cars with the air conditioning on and just listen for their grandchild’s name to be called.
And that is all I have to say about that.
Nothing makes me madder than somebody trying to scam hardworking people…especially when their intended victim is …ME.
I got this on e-mail the other day and it is just one example of the many ways in which unsuspecting people desperately in need of extra cash get taken in.
Dear Selected winner,
This is to inform you that you have been selected for a cash prize of £753,437.00 in cash from the British National Lottery Online Draw held on the 30th of May, 2009 in United Kingdom.
We have been sending this notice to you but this is the last as we are about distributing winnings to winners.
The draw was done electronically with several email addresses providedto this office by Microsoft to enhance the utilization of the internet.
Your email address was attached to Reference Number UK/940X2/68 and was picked as one of the ten winning email addresses.
This has qualified you to claim the total cash prize Of £753,437.00 in cash credited to file KTU/9023118308/03. This is from a total cash prize of £7,534,370.00 shared amongst the first ten (10) lucky winners in this category B.
You are advised to contact the verification department through our assigned claims agent by providing your Reference Number UK/940X2/68.
You are also advised to provide him with the under listed information.
1.Name in full.
2.Address in full.
6.Winning Email Address
This will enable us process your payment processing form.
I must admit, I did think about it for about a second. But I don’t know how to convert British pounds to American dollars, so I don’t know how much money it is somebody thinks I won.
I hope nobody falls for it. I am sure once you answer the e-mail they will ask for bank account information so they can steal all your money.