More than $21 million available for local schools

The Jefferson County Commission approved a resolution Friday to distribute more than $21 million to area schools.

The money will go toward capital improvement and debt retirement projects in 11 school systems in Jefferson County.

Several superintendents expressed gratitude for the funds. Some also explained ways the money could be used. Commission President David Carrington tells ABC 33/40 the school systems must still apply for the money.

Each school district gets a percentage of the funds. The money comes from a school grant fund, which is a result of a one-cent sales tax increase that took effect in 2004.

Below is a breakdown of the distribution:

Jefferson County Board of Education: $7,886,759

Birmingham City Schools: $7,051,820

Hoover City Schools: $1,670,573

Vestavia Hills City Schools: $1,075,996

Mountain Brook Schools: $865,014

Bessemer City Schools: $839,487

Homewood City Schools: $672,507

Fairfield City Schools: $465,842

Tarrant City Schools: $276,255

Leeds City Schools: $265,947

Midfield City Schools: $240,545