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U.S. Education Department Announces More than $20 Million Awarded for School Facility Repair and Modernization through Impact Aid Program

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U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced today that more than $20 million in grants under the Impact Aid Discretionary Construction Program will be awarded to eight school districts in Alaska, Arizona, California, Montana, South Dakota and Washington.

"Ensuring that students have a school environment conducive to learning is essential to improving student achievement and preparing them for success in the future," Secretary Duncan said. "These funds to help repair and modernize schools and can reduce overcrowding and provide a safe, healthy, modern learning environment for children in these districts."

The Impact Aid Discretionary Construction Program is designed to provide facility emergency repair and modernization to school districts that are eligible for Impact Aid funding. This program serves communities with military bases, Indian reservations and other federal property that does not generate local tax revenues to help fund school facility repair and modernization projects.

Previously, in February of 2013, the Department awarded $13.5 million using the Discretionary Construction Grants Program funds from FY2012 to 10 districts in Alaska, Arizona, California, Montana and Nebraska.

The list of August 2013 grantees and award amounts follows:

Name State Recommended Funding
All Tribes Charter CA $3,881,900
Lodge Grass Elementary School District #27 MT $470,700
Lower Kuskoquim School District AK $2,616,974
Harlem High School District #12 MT $68,500
Ganado Unified School District #20 AZ $1,076,433
Red Mesa Unified School District AZ $6,800,440
Wellpinit School District #49 WA $532,689
Douglas School District #51-1 SD $4,000,000
The list of previous grantees and awards from February 2013 follows:

Name State Recommended Funding
(FY 12 Funds)
All Tribes Charter CA $64,092.60
Painted Desert Demo Projects AZ $483,000.00
Lower Kuskoquim School District AK $1,484,980.00
Rocky Boy Elementary School District #87-J MT $666,120.00
Box Elder Elementary School District #13 MT $725,773.00
Ft. Thomas Unified School District #7 AZ $195,032.80
Tuba City Unified School District #15 AZ $0.00*
Lower Yukon School District AK $2,716,000.00
Lame Deer School District #6 MT $4,982,952.00
Umo Ho Nation District #16 NE $1,687,400.00
Browning High School District #9 MT $487,531.00
*An analysis of fund balances available indicates the applicant has sufficient uncommitted funds to complete this project without grant funding.

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