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|New Knoxville High School Becomes a Reality
|The Knoxville School District is one piece of a large pie that serves them a share of $623 million in capital funds.
District-202 Superintendent Steve Wilder says Governor Pat Quinn's announcement Thursday of funding to 31 school districts in the state to include them was pleasantly shocking. He says he didn't anticipate any news before next week's budget address.
The original grant was submitted to the capital development board for a new high school in 2002. Wilder tells WGIL it's been a long time coming and he credits the ones once behind the proposal.
"The forethought of the previous board of education and superintendent at the time, to subit the grant, and then willingness to be patient until it came through, we certainly give them all the credit for getting it rolling," Wilder said. "This just means so much for the community, to be able to put up a new facility like this, a state of the art learning environment for our high school students."
"(It's) Just an unbelieveable opportunity so we're very, very excited."
District-202 will be receiving $20.2 million for a new high school to be added onto to the existing Jensen Gymnasium.
Wilder says there's still plenty of planning ahead for the board and district officials. He thanks the community's efforts in the summer for providing their input in quickly sketching design plans when it was learned the funds would become available.
School District 100 in Stark County was also awarded $3.69 million dollars.
The funding is certified by both the Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois Capital Development Board.
|02 17 12 by Newsroom
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