WAYNE COUNTY, IL (KFVS) - Governor Pat Quinn has announced that the state will provide Clay, Marion and Wayne County elementary and secondary schools with investments totaling more than $52.4 million.
The funds are part of $400 million from the Illinois Jobs Now! capital program to construct new buildings, expand existing ones and replace outdated energy systems in schools across Illinois, while creating thousands of construction jobs.
"Our children cannot concentrate on learning if they're sitting in a school that's crumbling," Governor Quinn said. "When I became governor, I initiated the first capital construction program in a decade to elevate our schools and universities to world-class status. The quality of learning happening in our schools will drive tomorrow's economy. These school construction projects will not only raise the standard of learning in our classrooms, they will bring much-needed jobs to workers around our state."
Twenty-four districts statewide will receive funding this fiscal year after their projects are certified by the Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois Capital Development Board.
In addition to the $307 million for statewide school construction, other capital money that will be released includes $50 million for maintenance; $25 million to alleviate overcrowding in some Illinois school districts; and $20 million for energy efficiency.
The governor's office says the funding will help students with disabilities, repair roofing structures and replace old, inefficient heating and cooling systems.
The Clay, Marion and Wayne County school districts that will receive funding include:
Flora Community Unit School District 35
· State Share: $22,493,512
· Local Share: $7,497,837
The work includes construction of a one-story, 57-classroom school with a total capacity for 1,600 students and a home-room capacity for 1,400 students in grades pre-K to 5.
The total project cost includes eligible land expenses. Construction has not been completed.
Wayne City Community Unit School District 100
· State Share: $19,788,352
· Local Share: $6,596,117
The work involves the construction of a two-story, 41-classroom school for 555 students in grades pre-K to 5, 300 students in grades 6-8, and 320 students in grades 9-12. It also involves the demolition of the 1930 and 1938 portions of the existing school. Construction has not been completed.
These school construction projects are part of Governor Quinn's $31 billion Illinois Jobs Now! program, which will support more than 439,000 jobs over six years. Illinois Jobs Now! is the largest capital construction program in Illinois history, and is one of the largest capital construction programs in the nation.