COLUMBUS—The Senate unanimously passed legislation today, sponsored by State Senators Michael Rulli
(R-Salem) and Stephanie Kunze
(R-Hilliard), which will invest an additional $100 million
in general obligation bonds through the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission
(OFCC) for the renovation and construction of safe school buildings across Ohio.
"By approving this funding we are allowing the good work that is being done for our schools and students to continue without delay," said Senator Rulli, who previously served as President of the Leetonia School Board. "All students, regardless of their economic status or geographic location, should have the opportunity to learn in a health and safe environment, and this bill helps to ensure that remains true."
This investment will enable OFCC to continue to move up the equity list and help more schools now, rather than waiting for the additional funding that they anticipate they will receive in the next capital bill. Priority for the renovations is given to lower wealth districts.
The Ohio Facilities Construction Commission administers several programs that provide state assistance to school districts and other public schools in constructing classroom facilities. If the bill is passed by the Ohio House and signed by Governor DeWine, it would bring the total authorization for school facility renovations to $700 million for the capital biennium.
Since state assistance began in 1997, 284 of 659 school districts have had all of their schools updated or built. An additional 116 districts have had their plans fully or partially funded, and a total of 1,202 school buildings have been fully renovated or constructed.
For more information on the details of the legislation, please contact Senator Rulli's Office at (614) 466-8285 or send an email to Rulli@OhioSenate.gov