State Representative David S. Olsen (R-Downers Grove) announced today that $22,075 in school library grant money will soon be flowing to six school districts located in the 81st Legislative House District.
The School District Library Grant Program is designed to help provide more library books and materials for students attending public schools in Illinois. The state legislature has authorized up to a $.75 per pupil expenditure for qualifying schools. The grant award is based on funds appropriated by the General Assembly and the official enrollment as of the previous September 30th of a school district.
“Any initiative that helps put books into the hands of school students is worthwhile,” said Olsen. “This grant money will go far in assisting with teaching and learning in the 81st District.”
Specifically, the following grants will be processed by the Secretary of State’s Office next week and then forwarded to the Comptroller’s office for payment:
- Darien School District #61: $1,062.75
- Downers Gove Community High School District #99: $3,646.50
- Hinsdale Township High School District #86: $3,204.75
- Lisle Community Unit School District #202: $1,046.25
- Naperville CUSD #203: $12,093.75
- Lemont Township High School District #210: $1,020.75
“As a former public school teacher and administrator, I know our school libraries are very important in helping students learn and prepare themselves for the future,” said Illinois Secretary of State and State Librarian, Jesse White. “Illinois was the first state to implement a school district grant program for libraries, and I am pleased that we can continue to provide them with some of the financial resources they need to produce well-educated students.”