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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 27, 2000

Ryan Announces $483 Million in Grants for School Construction Throughout State

SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced $482.6 million in state school construction grants to help school districts relieve overcrowded classrooms and replace aging educational facilities without forcing local homeowners and businesses to pay the entire cost of the improvements through higher real estate taxes.

"Through the Illinois FIRST program, we have nearly doubled the state's efforts to improve the physical facilities in which children learn," Ryan said. "We are easing the burden on local property tax payers by using state funds to help create more modern environments in which teachers can teach and children can learn."

Since its inception in 1997, the state's school construction program has provided nearly $1.4 billion in state funds to assist 251 school districts in every area of the state, including the 67 districts for which Ryan announced grants today.

Under the program jointly administered by the Capital Development Board and the State Board of Education, school districts must secure a local share of construction funds before receiving any state grant funds. The grants range from 35 percent to 75 percent of eligible construction costs. Enhancements such as swimming pools and auditoriums are not considered eligible project costs and are excluded from any grant calculations.

Currently, only those projects that address emergency needs, crowded classrooms and old buildings are being funded.

Today, Governor Ryan stopped in Chicago, Plainfield, Elmhurst and Beach Park school construction sites on a one-day flyaround to present grant checks to local school officials for the projects.

GOVERNOR AWARDS CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS $96.5 MILLION IN STATE SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION GRANTS

CHICAGO -- Governor Ryan awarded the Chicago Public Schools a $96.5 million state school construction grant to help Illinois' largest school district build new schools to relieve overcrowding and upgrade classrooms.

The Chicago public schools, by law, receive 20 percent of the program funding. Since 1998, the school system has received $276.5 million in state funds for school construction projects.

Ryan made the announcement at the Calumet Career Preparation Academy, which is being rehabilitated to enhance career educational programs. The enhancements began in 1998 with a $2 million buidling investment that included new and renovated labs, a teaching kitchen, electrical power upgrades, new computers and classroom accessibility improvements.

A new $3 million project at the facility in fiscal year 2001 will include renovations of the heating and ventilation systems.

GOVERNOR AWARDS BEACH PARK SCHOOLS $11.1 MILLION CONSTRUCTION GRANT TO RELIEVE OVERCROWDING

BEACH PARK -- Governor Ryan awarded the Beach Park Community Consolidated School District $11.1 million in state school construction funds to build a new middle school and increase classroom size in two other buildings to help alleviate enrollment growth in northeastern Lake County.

Governor Ryan also announced the school construction program has earmarked $4 million for additions to two existing schools in the Diamond Lake School District; $2.9 million to construct an addition for 550 students for Grant Community High School District 124; $3.6 million to construct additions at four schools in Lake Forest School District 67; $7 million to construct an Early Education Center, classroom space for 900 middle school students, classroom space for 200 high school students in Round Lake Community Unit School District 116; and $7 million and an addition for 360 students at Highland Park High School and an addition for 870 students at Deerfield High School in Township High School District 113.

For McHenry County, the program has earmarked $10.9 million to construct a new junior high school and an addition to the existing Cary Junior High School in Cary Elementary School District 26.

GOVERNOR AWARDS $13.1 MILLION TO BUILD NEW YORK HIGH SCHOOL

ELMHURST -- Governor Ryan awarded the Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 a $13.1 million school construction grant to replace York Community High School, which dates back to 1919.

Governor Ryan also announced the school construction program has earmarked $1.5 million for the Addison School District 4 for additions to two existing elementary schools. For western Cook County, the program has earmarked$18.2 million to the Cicero Public School District 99 to construct two middle schools; $7.5 million to construct several additions at the North High School campus to house 700 students for the Niles Township High School District 219; $3.2 million to construct additions at Costello, Washington, and Robinson Elementary Schools in Lyons Elementary School District 103. For Kane County, $45.2 million for various school improvement and construction projects throughout the Elgin School District U-46.

GOVERNOR AWARDS PLAINFIELD SCHOOLS $17.2 MILLION TO HELP CONSTRUCT FIVE NEW SCHOOLS

PLAINFIELD -- Governor Ryan awarded the Plainfield Community Consolidated School District 202, a $17.2 million school construction grant to build five new schools in Will County, which serves one of the fastest growing areas in the state.

Governor Ryan also announced the school construction program has earmarked $7.1 million for a new junior high school in New Lenox, and $2.5 million for additional classrooms for fifth through eighth grade students at the Elwood School. For southern Cook County, the program has earmarked $5.6 million to construct a new kindergarten through sixth grade center at Prairie Hills; $1.5 million to classroom space for 300 elementary students at Matteson Elementary School; and $47, 857 for a classroom at the Morton Gingerwood School in Arbor Park. An additional $8.8 million was granted to DuPage, Kankakee and Grundy county schools to increase classrooms at Naperville, Grant Park, Herscher and Morris schools.

Ryan's Illinois First program added $1.1 billion in state funding to the program, which originally had allocated $1.4 billion in state grant funds. Local school districts have provided more than $1.5 billion toward school construction projects in their own areas. With local matching funds, the program over time will address some $5 billion in educational facility needs in Illinois.

"This program is a partnership with local schools," Ryan said. "It responds to local needs and local initiative."

The Governor and General Assembly approved $500 million in school construction grant funds for Fiscal Year 2001.

The next deadline for grant applications to the State Board of Education is April 1, 2001. Attached is a list of grant recipients.

SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION GRANTS

County School District State Share Local Share
Adams Camp Point Community Unit School District 3 $2,184,334 $1,650,212
Bond Bond County Community Unit 2 $4,421,339 $3,328,774
Champaign Tolono Community Unit School District 7 $5,516,533 $10,244,991
Urbana School District 116 $2,276,740 $4,228,232
Clay Clay City Community Unit School District 10 $2,018,948 $1,255,636
Clinton Albers Elementary District 63 $753,356 $251,119
Cook Arbor Park School District 145 $47,857 $33,753
Cicero Public School District 99 $18,231,297 $6,077,099
Lyons Elementary School District 103 $3,253,296 $4,569,139
Matteson Elementary School District 162 $1,510,929 $1,470,706
Niles Township High School District 219 $7,544,147 $14,010,557
Prairie Hills Elementary School District 144 $5,650,722 $1,883,574
Township High School District 211 $3,948,821 $7,333,526
Crawford Robinson Unit 2 School District $1,938,095 $3,599,319
Douglas Tuscola Community Unit Dist. 301 $1,628,667 $3,024,669
DuPage Addison School District 4 $1,571,609 $2,918,703
Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 $13,132,348 $24,388,647
Naperville Community Unit School District 203 $404,504 $751,221
Edgar Edgar County Community Unit School District 6 $743,914 $1,381,555
Effingham Teutopolis Community Unit 50 $1,848,984 $1,098,158
Fayette Vandalia Community Unit School District 203 $7,522,965 $4,900,845
Franklin Sesser Valier Community Unit School District 196 $1,070,437 $356,813
Grundy Morris Elementary School District 54 $5,890,198 $8,702,325
Henry Colona Grade School District 190 $700,062 $233,354
Johnson Goreville Community Unit District 1 $892,950 $707,175
Vienna Public School District 55 $1,342,713 $447,571
Kane School District U-46 $45,262,441 $84,058,820
Kankakee Grant Park Community Unit School District 6 $1,575,199 $2,925,370
Herscher Community Unit School District 2 $1,127,525 $2,093,975
Knox Community Unit School District 205 (Galesburg) $969,589 $1,167,816
Lake Beach Park Community Cons. School District 3 $11,080,617 $6,502,947
Diamond Lake School District 76 $4,089,761 $4,662,940
Grant Community High School District 124 $2,979,973 $5,534,234
Lake Forest School District 67 $3,677,156 $6,829,003
Round Lake Community Unit School District 116 $7,067,792 $7,143,796
Township High School District 113 $7,069,195 $13,128,505
LaSalle Mendota Township High School District 280 $7,206,202 $4,227,532
Lawrence Lawrence Co. Community Unit School District 20 $4,481,590 $2,337,700
Macon Mt. Zion Community Unit School District 3 $1,439,255 $1,450,531
Macoupin Bunker Hill Community Unit School District 8 $2,263,133 $904,063
Carlinville Community Unit School District 1 $3,761,089 $3,507,601
Marion Central City School District 133 $2,037,721 $679,241
McHenry Cary Elementary School District 26 $10,979,905 $7,582,910
McLean McLean County Unit School District 5 $17,313,805 $32,154,210
Mercer Aledo Community Unit School District 201 $1,721,641 $1,688,698
Montgomery Nokomis Community Unit School District 22 $3,363,994 $2,378,972
Ogle Meridian Community Unit School District 223 $3,706,250 $6,376,178
Peoria Pleasant Valley School District 62 $3,952,256 $1,317,418
Randolph Sparta Community Unit School District 140 $7,033,682 $4,113,888
Rock Island Carbon Cliff - Barstow School 36 $4,524,936 $1,508,312
Saline Carrier Mills-Stonefort Comm. Unit School Dist. 2 $2,495,101 $831,700
Eldorado Community Unit School District 4 $7,225,579 $2,981,929
St. Clair Belleville Public School District 118 $8,597,370 $2,865,790
Cahokia Community Unit School District 187 $2,706,255 $902,084
East St. Louis School District 189 $57,462,400 $14,365,600
Freeburg Community Consolidated District 70 $1,347,033 $456,308
Whiteside School District 115 $6,646,358 $3,370,986
Union Cobden School Unit District 17 $4,868,868 $1,622,956
Dongola Unit School District 66 $860,438 $286,813
Jonesboro Community Cons. School District 43 $3,112,511 $1,037,503
Wayne Wayne City Community Unit School District 100 $283,681 $178,248
Whiteside Morrison Community Unit School District 6 $1,428,003 $1,663,515
Will Elwood Community Cons. School District 203 $2,504,093 $1,887,928
New Lenox School District 122 $7,105,943 $4,609,885
Plainfield Community Cons. School District 202 $17,169,781 $31,886,738
Winnebago Rockton School District 140 $6,668,844 $2,770,278
Woodford El Paso Community Unit School District 375 $925,296 $1,718,407
Cook Chicago Public Schools District 299 $96,534,507 $179,278,370
Totals $482,672,533 $565,837,371



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