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Nearly $500 Million in State Funding for School Construction Approved

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The Ohio School Facilities Commission approved more than $471 million in state funding for school construction projects Thursday. That’s more money than approved last year, Gongwer News Service says.

The three school districts receiving the most state funding for their school construction projects this round are the South-Western school district in Franklin County followed by the Marlington and Beaver school districts.

[Here's the full list of school district construction funding from the commission.]

Each project must be supported by both state and local funds. And Gongwer notes that it’s still up to voters to approve the local tax dollar side of things:

OSFC gives districts 13 months to accomplish that before the district becomes “lapsed” and the funding gets distributed elsewhere as local election efforts continue.

[OSFC Executive Director Rick Hickman] said he is glad a number of previously approved districts were able to pass their bond issues in March. “We’re very pleased with what appears to be a turnaround with school districts and the economic issues that they faced at the ballot box.”

Hickman is referring to the fact that voters approved a majority of the bond issues on the March ballot.

In the special election coming up next month, voters in four districts will weigh in on bond issues.

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