Riley Proposes Money for School Repair and Construction

MONTGOMERY – Alabama’s public schools, colleges and universities will have $500 million for repairs and construction needs if legislators approve a supplemental appropriation Governor Bob Riley is proposing this month.

To help make the case for his sweeping proposal, Governor Riley on Wednesday began circulating to legislators a list of how much funding each school system in Alabama will receive.

The Governor's proposal divides $250 million among public K-12 systems. The other $250 million is divided among two-year colleges, four-year universities, K-12 schools damaged by natural disasters, school systems that want to consolidate schools, and other needs.

Funding levels for each school system are set by a formula so there is no hint of politics involved in the distribution of the $500 million. Each system will receive a minimum of $200,000. Additional allocations above that are based upon a system's student population.

"This $500 million is one-time money and it will be used wisely and responsibly on these one-time expenses," Governor Riley said. "There are tremendous needs in every school system in Alabama. We should direct this one-time appropriation to address those needs without raising taxes, incurring debt or spending it on recurring expenses."

Every school system in the state will benefit under Governor Riley's proposal. The funds can be used by school systems for new construction, building repairs and upgrades, and to pay down debt school systems incurred from previous construction projects.

Governor Riley will formally introduce his school construction plan when the Legislature begins the 2006 regular session next week. The Governor will deliver the annual State of the State Address on Tuesday, January 10 at 6:30 p.m. to a joint session of the Legislature at the State Capitol.

NOTE: A list of school systems and the amount they would receive under Governor Riley's plan appears below. ADM represents a school system's "Average Daily Membership" or school attendance. For more information, contact the Governor's Press Office at 334-242-7150.

To learn the amount each K-12 school system will receive under Governor Riley's proposal, click here.

Additional $250 Million Proposed Funding Levels for: 

Higher education:                  $  150,000,000
K-12 consolidation:               $    40,000,000
K-12 uninsured damage:       $    10,000,000
Other, including                      $    50,000,000

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Information provided by the Office of the Governor