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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 1, 1999

Ryan Announces $400 Million IN Grants To Aid School Construction Projects In 85 Districts

SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced nearly $400 million in state grants to school districts for new facilities to reduce student overcrowding and replace aged and crumbling buildings.

"Our children cannot be expected to learn to their full potential if they are crowded into cramped classrooms or if those classrooms are falling apart," Ryan said. "Our partnership with the local school districts is helping to provide better schools and modern learning environments for thousands of students throughout Illinois."

The grants announced by Ryan will assist 84 school districts which had applied for the grants during Fiscal Year 1999 and which have the necessary local funds on hand. One emergency project in Clay County also is funded. The state grants total $399.5 million and are matched with local funding.

Without Ryan's Illinois FIRST infrastructure improvement program, funding for a number of the districts would have been delayed until Fiscal Year 2001. The Illinois FIRST program boosted the school construction grant program by $1 billion, including an additional $153 million in the fiscal year that began July 1.

"Illinois FIRST is an investment in the future of Illinois and in the future of our children," Ryan said. "With our school construction program, we are responding to local needs and local initiative."

The funding, which totals $540 million, also will be sufficient to begin awarding grants this fall to school districts that applied for grants in Fiscal 2000, once the State Board of Education has prioritized those eligible districts based on their numbers of inadequately housed students and the Capital Development Board has completed technical surveys of their proposed construction projects.

Under the program, school districts must receive an entitlement from the State Board of Education and secure their local share of construction funds before receiving any state grant funds. The grants range from 35 to 75 percent of eligible construction costs, determined by an index which is adjusted annually to reflect changes in the district's overall wealth. 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.

The Chicago public schools, which by law receive 20 percent of the program funding, will receive $79.9 million.

The school construction program, authorized by the General Assembly in 1997, is the first state building program to assist local school construction in more than two decades. Including the grants announced today, the program has benefitted 162 school districts in every region of the state and provided more than $752 million in state funds for building and renovating local public schools.

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SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION GRANTS

CountySchool DistrictState ShareLocal Share
CalhounCalhoun Community Unit School District 40$2,286,266$1,689,338
CarrollEastland Community Unit School District 308$3,500,733$6,501,360
ChristianSouth Fork School District 14$1,603,001$631,576
ClayFY'00 Emergency Project
North Clay Community Unit District 25
$202,031$101,175
ClintonAviston Elementary School District 21$3,142,942$1,047,647
CookOak Park School District 97 $12,166,733$10,176,529
Cook County School District 130 $7,884,734$5,001,789
Berwyn North School District 98 $4,475,207$1,585,458
Consolidated High School District 230$9,418,538$17,245,047
Tinley Park Comm. Cons. School District 146$4,785,331$8,308,304
Thornton Township High School District 205$3,042,283$1,482,036
Dolton School District 149$7,887,376$2,629,125
CumberlandNeoga Community Unit School District 3$3,116,350$1,801,192
DeKalbSandwich Community Unit School District 430$2,507,540$4,656,860
DewittBlue Ridge Community Unit School District 18$2,077,707$3,858,598
DuPageCenter Cass School District 66 $2,435,805$4,523,638
CUSD 200 (Wheaton/Warrenville) $5,242,680$9,736,405
Lombard Elementary School District 44$2,491,216$4,626,543
Queen Bee School District 16$859,052$554,970
EffinghamBeecher City Community Unit School District 20$1,480,757$1,222,573
FayetteBrownstown Community Unit School District 201$1,564,461$521,487
FordGibson City-Melvin-Sibley Unit 5$1,948,714$3,619,040
GreeneNorth Greene Unit District 3$2,654,485$2,242,060
HamiltonHamilton County Comm. Unit School District 10$7,826,270$3,152,544
HenryAlwood Community Unit School District 225$1,016,202$1,887,232
IroquoisCentral Community Unit School District 4$5,169,568$8,255,720
JacksonTrico Community Unit School District 176$824,699$435,552
Murphysboro Community Unit School District 186$3,931,388$1,808,669
Carbondale Community High School District 165$10,841,547$6,666,704
Elverado Community Unit School District 196 $2,557,999$854,063
JeffersonMt. Vernon City Schools, District 80$5,832,730$1,944,243
Woodlawn Community Consolidated District 4$1,346,606$448,869
Field Community Consolidated School District 3$1,995,891$665,297
Bethel School District 82$1,218,103$406,034
Bluford Community Consolidated District 114 $2,050,181$683,393
JohnsonNew Simpson Hill Consolidated District 32$2,491,707$830,569
KaneAurora East School District 131$16,299,862$13,355,553
Central Community Unit School District 301$3,504,533$6,508,417
Batavia Unit School District 101$4,800,275$8,914,795
KankakeeManteno Community Unit School District 5$2,187,103$4,061,764
KendallPlano Community Unit School District 88$1,938,313$3,599,723
Oswego Community Unit District 308$6,169,461$11,457,570
LakeMilburn Comm. Consolidated School District 24$4,598,971$2,606,308
Antioch Comm. Consolidated School District 34$7,221,688$7,440,269
Grayslake High School District 127$3,915,258$6,640,332
Grayslake Comm. Consolidated School District 46$6,197,803$4,805,979
LivingstonTri-Point Community Unit School District 6J$1,093,492$2,030,772
McHenryMcHenry Comm. Consolidated School District 15 $9,651,060$8,282,913
Huntley Comm. Consolidated School District 158 $5,582,925$10,368,288
Johnsburg School District 12$3,107,715$5,771,471
Crystal Lake School District 47$6,254,576$6,415,791
Alden-Hebron School District 19 $371,584$690,085
McLeanTri-Valley Community Unit School District 3$2,093,972$3,888,805
MaconMt. Zion Community Unit School District 5$3,169,593$3,194,426
MadisonHighland Community Unit School District 5$4,222,808$5,673,371
MoultrieLovington School District 303$416,801$641,613
OglePolo Community School District 222$599,496$957,567
Rochelle Comm. Consolidated School District 231$2,435,027$849,717
PeoriaIllini Bluffs Comm. Unit School District 327$2,085,801$2,822,336
Pleasant Hill School District 69$2,268,904$756,301
Peoria Heights Community School District 325 $2,570,661$4,774,086
St. ClairDupo Community Unit District 196$4,439,720$2,650,627
SangamonRochester Community Unit School District 3A$2,137,262$3,053,191
Ball-Chatham Community Unit School District 5 $7,228,835$13,424,979
StephensonDakota Community Unit District 201$2,586,243$2,965,458
TazwellCreve Coeur School District 76$1,792,601$597,534
VermilionGeorgetown-Ridge Farm CUSD 4$1,970,164$825,148
Westville Community Unit School District 2$2,057,878$685,959
WabashWabash Community Unit School District 348$6,728,824$4,898,979
WhiteNorris City-Omaha-Enfield CUSD 3$2,999,765$1,522,625
WillTroy School District 30C$5,857,253$5,546,967
Will County School District 92$3,464,212$6,137,556
Summit Hill District 161$7,516,147$3,477,113
Milne-Kelvin Grove School District 91 (Lockport)$2,340,597$1,550,379
Peotone Community Unit School District 207-U $3,919,325$7,278,746
Valley View Comm. Unit School District 365-U$3,703,119$6,877,220
Homer Comm. Consolidated School District 33-C$2,509,348$2,619,590
Beecher School District 200U $1,576,771$2,928,298
WilliamsonCarterville Community Unit School District 5$4,853,228$2,494,303
Johnston City Community Unit School District 1$623,369$233,533
Herrin Community Unit School District 4$9,038,949 $4,888,039
WinnebagoKinnikinnick Comm. Cons. School District 131$4,312,729$2,155,497
Durand Community Unit School District 322$988,857$1,747,266
WoodfordFieldcrest Community Unit School District 6$361,176$670,755
CookChicago Public Schools$79,910,222$228,314,919
TOTALS$399,551,109$555,854,572



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