FRANKFORT, Ky. (6/27/13) – The Kentucky House of Representatives announced on Wednesday that state Representative Kelly Flood, D-Fayette, has been chosen to chair the House Budget Review Subcommittee on Primary and Secondary Education. The nine-member committee, which plays a significant role in shaping the state’s budget, appropriates funds statewide and to more than 170 local school districts.
“Kentucky’s children deserve an education that prepares them for meaningful work and fruitful lives in today’s global economy,” Flood said. “I will work with all key stakeholders to meet the challenge of adequately funding our schools so that our children, their teachers and their families have the tools necessary to thrive in the classroom and beyond.”
The House Budget Review Subcommittee on Primary and Secondary Education is responsible for appropriating funds to school districts and education programs throughout Kentucky. An enormous component of Kentucky’s budget, the Committee is responsible for allocating approximately $7.2 billion - $3.3 billion coming from the federal government and $3.9 billion from Kentucky’s General Fund. All told, the Committee now headed by Flood appropriates nearly 40% of the $9.7 billion General Fund.
“I’m glad that Rep. Kelly Flood has agreed to step up and chair this important committee,” said House Speaker Greg Stumbo. “Kentucky’s kids deserve the best and with a tight budget year ahead of us in 2014 we’re all confident that Rep. Flood is the right person for the job.”
Flood has served Fayette County’s 75th District in the Kentucky House of Representatives since 2009 and serves on the House Education, Health and Welfare and Judiciary Committees. An ordained minister who previously served as Vice President of a nationally recognized seminary, Flood is a graduate of Florida State University with a BA in American Studies. She lives Lexington with her husband Neil Chethik. Their son Evan is enrolled as a sophomore at New York University.
Information provided by Kentucky House of Representatives
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