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Gov. Rauner speaks at grand opening of new Mt. Vernon high school

(Source: Office of the Governor Bruce Rauner) (Source: Office of the Governor Bruce Rauner)
(Source: Office of the Governor Bruce Rauner) (Source: Office of the Governor Bruce Rauner)
(Source: Office of the Governor Bruce Rauner) (Source: Office of the Governor Bruce Rauner)
MT. VERNON, IL (KFVS) -

For a second time this year, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner will make a visit to the Mt. Vernon school district.

Gov. Rauner spoke at the grand opening:

"Today a community's dream for its students becomes reality," Gov. Rauner said. "Education is the most important thing we do as a society. It's clear Mt. Vernon takes the responsibility of educating its youngest residents a priority, and I'm excited to celebrate with the community as we open this new state-of-the-art facility."

He attended the ribbon cutting at Mt. Vernon Township High School. The $74 million project took nearly two years to complete.

Crews broke ground for the new facility in September 2014, which will be able to accommodate more than 1,800 students and features a 45,000 square foot career center.

The new school is replacing the existing campus that contained 11 buildings. Those buildings were built between 1905 and the late 1970s.

Tour the new school here:

Students have not started classes at the new school. Classes will begin in the new building later the following week.

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