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