Schools both locally and around the state will get a facelift thanks to the Illinois State Board of Education's School Maintenance Grant Program.
The program will allow 691 schools and vocational centers around Illinois repair and improve their facilities. Up to $50,000 in matching funds are available through the program.
"This grant program offers much needed support in this tough economy to make necessary improvements to our school campuses," State Board of Education Chairman Gery J. Chico said. "We know that much more needs to be done, but this helps districts get to projects that have long been on their to-do lists and might still be without these funds."
Projects such as re-sealing parking lots, removing asbestos, replacing playground equipment, repairing bleachers, and more can be completed with the grants, which were last distributed in 2001.
All districts, cooperative high schools, and Type 40 vocational schools were able to apply for the grants. The following districts in Winnebago and Boone counties received $50,000 each toward the following project costs:
Districts and schools in Carroll, Jo Daviess, Stephenson, DeKalb, LaSalle, Lee, Ogle, and Whiteside counties also received grant funding. A full list of grants awarded can be found here.
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