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South Central School District Receives $10 Million+ Grant

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

Governor Pat Quinn has released more than $10-million to the South Central School District for large additions at both the grade and high school.  The news came as a surprise to Superintendent Rick Bachelor who has not heard from the state on the project for several years.   He questions if the district would still be able to come up with the $3.9-million local share of the project.

"Two and a half years ago we started planning, before the bottom went out of the federal state aid. I don't even know if we're in the market anymore" Bachelor said.

Bachelor says the school board and architect will have to talk about how they want to proceed.   He notes the construction figures used in awarding the money are several years old and probably are no longer adequate to complete the construction.  

The project includes 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 capacity of 252 students and a home-room capacity of 192 students in grades 9-12 and the renovation of the 1944 section of the existing high school.  

Bachelor notes the district has received no communication from the Governor's office, with his only notification coming from WJBD radio after it received the Governor's press release.  The school construction project is part of the Governor's $31-billion "Illinois Jobs Now!" program, which the Governor says will support more than 439,000 jobs over six years.  

The South Central grant is part of $52.4-million released for school projects around the state.  Two other area schools also received financing.  

The Flora Community Unit School District has been awarded $22,493,512 in state money, with a $7,497,837 local share.  The project includes construction of a one-story, 57 classroom school with a total design capacity for 1,600 students and a home-room capacity for 1,400 students in grades pre-K to 5.  The project costs include eligible land expenses.  

The Wayne City Community Unit School District 100 has been awarded $19,788,352 in Illinois Jobs Now funding if they provide a $6,596,117 local share.  The work involves the construction of a two-story, 41 classroom school for 555 students in grades pre-K to 5, 300 students in grades 6-8 and 320 students in grades 9-12.  The project also includes demolition of the 1930 and1938 portions of the existing school.       

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