- Published: Tuesday, February 21, 2012 12:40 PM
A Weekly Update on Issues with Illinois State Senator Gary Forby...
Last week, the governor’s office released $623 million for school construction projects from the state’s capital construction budget. Nearly 10 percent of that money is coming right here to our district. In fact Marion Community Unit School District 2 received the most money of any school district outside of Chicago, worth $56.62 million. According to the local superintendent, Marion has more than $60 million in local money, so the school district will be able to put lots of people to work on construction projects improving our local schools.
Shawnee Community Unit School District 84 will get a little more than $2 million. With this money and local funds, the Shawnee school district will be able to build an 8-room elementary school addition to Shawnee High School/Middle School, which will help the district operate more efficiently. Right now, its two elementary schools are 26 miles apart. Between the fact that gas prices have gone up and that Governor Quinn keeps cutting bus money (over my strong objections), the district needs to be able to save money on getting kids to and from school.