COLUMBUS—The Senate passed Senate Bill 4 today, sponsored by State Senators Stephanie Kunze (R-Hilliard) and Michael Rulli (R- Salem), which provides an additional $100 million in state capital appropriations, for the renovation and construction of school buildings across the state.
Priority will be given to the lowest-wealth schools and those with exceptional needs.
"Ensuring that students have a safe and quality learning environment is an essential part of their educational experience," said Kunze. "I believe this additional funding will help improve our state's education system all across the state."
This new infusion will enable the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC) to serve more districts throughout Ohio.
Since assistance began in 1997, a total of 1,202 school buildings across the state have been fully renovated or constructed. The additional funding approved today would bring the total amount authorized for these projects to $700 million over this capital biennium (2019-2020).
The OFCC administers several programs that provide state assistance to school districts and other public schools in constructing classroom facilities.
Senate Bill 4 will now be sent to the House for further consideration.