State Rep. Kelly Flood, D-Lexington, is the new chair for 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.
Flood replaces Rep. Derrick Graham, D-Frankfort, in the position. Graham recently was named House education chairman to fill a vacancy.
“Kentucky’s children deserve an education that prepares them for meaningful work and fruitful lives in today’s global economy,” Flood said in a statement. “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 otols 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.
A big part 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. It represents nearly 40 percent of the state’s $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 House District since 2009 and serves on the House Education, Health and Welfare and Judiciary Committees. An ordained minister who previously served as vice rresident of a nationally recognized seminary, Flood is a graduate of Florida State University with a bachelor’s degree in American Studies. She lives Lexington with her husband Neil Chethik. Their son Evan is enrolled as a sophomore at New York University.
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