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11 Jefferson Co. schools awarded $21.3M

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JEFFERSON COUNTY, AL (WBRC) -

It's being called Christmas in January. Friday, the Jefferson County Commission voted to give $21.3 million to 11 school systems in the county.

The money comes from the sales tax which funded the $1 billion school construction program. The money is from an account to pay expenses in the debt deal. Commissioners say the money can only go to capital building, maintenance or equipment needs. This may mean a new roof for Trace Crossing's Elementary.

Officials say Hoover schools will get $1.7 million. Hoover School Superintendent Dr. Andy Craig said the money could help keep the school systems buses rolling by taking money from capital needs and moving to the money starved school buses.

"It will go towards certain realigning resources you had realigned toward capital to realign the money. It certainly gives us flexibility," Craig said.

Next week the schools are expected to fill out grant forms for the funds.

Click here to see a full breakdown for each school.

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