TRIMBLE COUNTY, KY (WAVE) – A school district is hoping voters will help replace what might be the most out-of-shape high and middle schools in Kentucky.
The superintendent in Trimble County wants to get emergency funding to repair the buildings.
Declining enrollment has led to less money. A loss of 87 students before last year meant a loss of hundreds of thousands dollars in the budget - and millions less in bonding potential.
The middle school and high school are both classified among the worst facilities in the state.
Trimble County High is 21st on the state list of buildings most in need -- the top high school on there. The middle school in the top 100 of 485.
With issues ranging from mold to water leaks damaging bricks, sewage and boiler issues to water lines, the district is bleeding money for upkeep.
Trimble County Superintendent Steve Miracle said, "Our students deserve a lot more than what this building has to offer. This building has been a good building in the past, but it's time for something to be done for today's students."
For the state to help with urgent funding a community has to pass a tax increase of its own, approved at the ballot, in a measure known as a nickel tax.
It's not clear when that would happen.