The state is handing out $400 million in grants to help school districts across Illinois construct new buildings and replace outdated energy systems.
Gov. Pat Quinn announced the grants Thursday and says the money is part of the Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction program, a $31 billion effort aimed at improving infrastructure and creating jobs. Quinn says children can’t concentrate on learning if they’re in a school that crumbling.
Marion County elementary and secondary schools will receive more than $52.4 million.
The funding will allow districts to construct new schools, classroom additions, and make overdue renovations to aging buildings.
In some cases, the funds will be used to reimburse districts for buildings that have already been constructed. These schools had been on a waiting list for committed state funds since 2003.
South Central Community Unit School District 401 in Marion County will get $10.2 million, while the local share will be $3.9 million for the construction of an eight-classroom addition to the South Central Elementary School with a total design and home-room capacity for 244 students in grades pre-K to 5;
Construction of an eight-classroom addition to the South Central High School with a total design capacity for 252 students and a home-room capacity for 192 students in high school;
And the renovation of the 1944 section of the existing high school. Construction has not been completed.