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Adult Ed program seeks new facility

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By Marty Finley

 By MARTY FINLEY                                          

mfinley@thenewsenterprise.com

RADCLIFF —  Hardin County Adult Education is looking for a new location to host its classes, and coordinator Renae Harrison said the sooner one is found, the better.

The organization has been asked to relocate from its current site at New Hope Family Life Center on Hill Street in Radcliff, owned and operated by the New Hope Missionary Baptist Church.

The church opened its doors to Adult Education roughly seven years ago when it was looking for a new facility, said O C Jones, pastor. But the frail financial situation has put a strain on the church’s budget, so it’s looking for ways to cut back.

“We weren’t in a budget crunch (then),” Jones said. “We just opened our doors and invited them in. But just like any other organization (now), we’re suffering.”

Cutting down on the utility costs at the center, Jones said, is imperative. The insurance and utilities continue to rise while money dwindles.

“It’d be great if we had some funding,” he said.

As a result, Harrison is working hard to line up a new facility as soon as possible, spreading the word about the need to local residents, organizations and churches.

“I’m rather concerned,” Harrison said. “A stable location is what we need.”

Harrison knows a new site won’t be easy to find because Adult Education cannot afford to pay rent or utilities at a facility. The program is funded entirely by a mixture of state and federal grants that filter down to counties through the Council on Postsecondary Education, she said.

Harrison praised New Hope for its generosity through the years and said she recognizes the church is experiencing some roadblocks. The church has covered the rent and utility bills at the center since the program there.

She said her main concern is to find a facility that is visible, as well as stable, so students can find it easily.

“We’re a very visible organization,” she said.

Adult Education administers the GED program, and basic classes to assist adults with the transition to postsecondary education. The center served about 200 people during the past year, Harrison said.

Adult Education is expected to vacate by June 30,  so Harrison hopes to find a facility before the deadline. She said there are some potential prospects, but the move is an ongoing process.

“Nothing’s been lined up,” she said. “Nothing is definite.”

Marty Finley can be reached at (270) 505-1762.

RADCLIFF—  Hardin County Adult Education is looking for a new location to host its classes, and coordinator Renae Harrison said the sooner it is found, the better. The organization has been asked to relocate from its current location at the New Hope Family Life Center on Hill Street in Radcliff, owned and operated by the New Hope Missionary Baptist Church. The church opened its doors to Adult Education roughly six or seven years ago when it was looking for a new facility, said Pastor O C Jones. But the frail financial situation has put a strain on the church’s budget, so it’s looking for ways to cut back. “We weren’t in a budget crunch (then),” Jones said. “We just opened our doors and invited them in. But just like any other organization (now), we’re suffering.” Cutting down on the utility costs at the center, Jones said, is imperative. The insurance and utilities continue to rise while money dwindles. “It’d be great if we have some funding,” he said. As a result, Harrison is working hard to line up a new facility as soon as possible, spreading the word about the need to local residents, organizations and churches, who are making inroads to find a new spot. “I’m rather concerned,” Harrison said. “A stable location is what we need.” Harrison knows that won’t be easy to find because Adult Education cannot afford to pay the rent or utilities at a facility. The program is funded entirely by a mixture of state and federal grants that filter down to counties through the Council on Postsecondary Education, Harrison said. Harrison praised New Hope for its generosity through the years and said she recognizes the church is experiencing some roadblocks. The church has covered the rent and utility bills at the center since Adult Education located there. She said her main concern is to find a facility that is visible, as well as stable, so students can find it easily enough. "We're a very visible organization," she said. Adult Education administers the GED program, as well as basic classes to assist adults with their transition to postsecondary education. The center served about 200 people during the past year, she said. Adult Education is expected to vacate by June 30,  so Harrison hopes to find a facility before the deadline. She said there are some potential prospects, but the move is an ongoing process. “Nothing’s been lined up,” she said. “Nothing is definite.”                                                            Marty Finley can be reached at (270) 505-1762     .