Bryant Votes to Restore School Construction Funding

Springfield….State Rep. Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro) voted in favor of legislation that would release funding to complete construction on the new high school in Mt. Vernon. HB 4232 contains Capital Development Board grant funding that was approved in 2003 and 2004 for school construction projects all over Illinois. The bill passed the House today with 70 yes votes.

“Last June, I joined my colleagues in sponsoring legislation that sought to free up construction funding to complete Mt. Vernon’s new high school,” Bryant said. “The freeze on construction funding has been a result of the budget impasse, and has caused some very difficult financial circumstances for affected school districts.”

HB 4232 makes re-appropriations from the School Construction Fund and the Capital Development Fund for ongoing school construction and improvements for Fiscal Year 2016.

“A major concern we have had is the potential extra costs to rebid any contractual work currently in progress,” Bryant said. “I want to thank my House colleagues on the other side of the aisle for supporting this bill and for pressuring their leaders into making the responsible decision to release this bill to help complete the stalled construction of several new Illinois schools.”

Under the bill, the remaining amount of nearly $6 million would be released to Mt. Vernon Township High School for the completion of the new school’s construction.

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