State Senate Votes On School Repair 

On Tuesday, the Senate voted 22—13 in favor of a measure to allow schools in need of repair to begin the process of rebuilding.The measure would allow the top 12 schools on the Major Capital School Construction Priority List which have not been approved to receive state aid for reconstruction to begin the pre-planning process for building or rebuilding their schools. Schools seeking state aid must apply with the State Board of Education. School projects are ranked based on need, and the State Board approves schools as funds become available. Schools not approved for funding by the State Board must wait for assistance.Seventy-one schools applied for aid, and only six were approved. The remaining sixty-five schools, all with various levels of need, will be penalized by the State Department of Education if they move forward with their projects.The bill, LD 1235, “An Act Regarding School Construction,” now moves to the House for further votes.