U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced today that more than $20 million in grants under the Impact Aid Discretionary Construction Program will be awarded to eight school districts in Alaska, Arizona, California, Montana, South Dakota and Washington.
"Ensuring that students have a school environment conducive to learning is essential to improving student achievement and preparing them for success in the future,” Secretary Duncan said. “These funds to help repair and modernize schools and can reduce overcrowding and provide a safe, healthy, modern learning environment for children in these districts."
The Impact Aid Discretionary Construction Program is designed to provide facility emergency repair and modernization to school districts that are eligible for Impact Aid funding. This program serves communities with military bases, Indian reservations and other federal property that does not generate local tax revenues to help fund school facility repair and modernization projects.
Previously, in February of 2013, the Department awarded $13.5 million using the Discretionary Construction Grants Program funds from FY2012 to 10 districts in Alaska, Arizona, California, Montana and Nebraska.
The list of August 2013 grantees and award amounts follows:
|All Tribes Charter||CA||$3,881,900|
|Lodge Grass Elementary School District #27||MT||$470,700|
|Lower Kuskoquim School District||AK||$2,616,974|
|Harlem High School District #12||MT||$68,500|
|Ganado Unified School District #20||AZ||$1,076,433|
|Red Mesa Unified School District||AZ||$6,800,440|
|Wellpinit School District #49||WA||$532,689|
|Douglas School District #51-1||SD||$4,000,000|
The list of previous grantees and awards from February 2013 follows:
|Name||State|| Recommended Funding |
(FY 12 Funds)
|All Tribes Charter||CA||$64,092.60|
|Painted Desert Demo Projects||AZ||$483,000.00|
|Lower Kuskoquim School District||AK||$1,484,980.00|
|Rocky Boy Elementary School District #87-J||MT||$666,120.00|
|Box Elder Elementary School District #13||MT||$725,773.00|
|Ft. Thomas Unified School District #7||AZ||$195,032.80|
|Tuba City Unified School District #15||AZ||$0.00*|
|Lower Yukon School District||AK||$2,716,000.00|
|Lame Deer School District #6||MT||$4,982,952.00|
|Umo Ho Nation District #16||NE||$1,687,400.00|
|Browning High School District #9||MT||$487,531.00|
*An analysis of fund balances available indicates the applicant has sufficient uncommitted funds to complete this project without grant funding.
For more information on the Impact Aid Discretionary Construction Grant Program, visit http://www2.ed.gov/programs/8007b/index.html