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Johnathan Boles, welcome to Frankfort.
The Elizabethtown High School graduate will team with many others, college students and government officials in Kentucky, to try to find a way to make the cost of higher education more affordable for Kentucky students and families.
He faces a huge and daunting task.
The cost of college is high and growing each year as institutions try to push forward with dwindling funds and budgets that are being slashed.
As one of the members on Gov. Steve Beshear’s Student Advisory Committee, Boles and his peers have firsthand insight to how the cost of education climbs, often from semester to semester.
Boles is a student at Western Kentucky University and already heavily involved in leadership at the Bowling Green school as president of the student body. Such student body presidents were selected by Beshear to serve on the committee.
The governor has taken the right approach, finding solutions from those who are on the ground level — students who see what the high cost can do to their families and to their futures.
They won’t find easy solutions.
But that Beshear has taken the initiative and tried to seek ways to slash some dollars off semester totals is encouraging and needed.
Boles will be a valuable asset to the committee. After just one meeting, students already have taken on the task with vigor, looking at the cost of textbooks, room and board.
All students should have a higher educational avenue to walk. Thanks to Boles and others, more students may have that path.
—This editorial represents a consensus of The News-Enterprise editorial board.