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