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Area schools to get millions in state funds

By Melanie B. Smith
msmith@decaturdaily.com · 340-2468

Schools in four North Alabama counties will get an additional $1.13 million in state funds.

Gov. Bob Riley announced Friday that his administration is releasing $17 million statewide because state tax collections are greater than expected.

Decatur schools will get almost $199,727 and Morgan County $178,510.

Other allotments include $69,896 for Hartselle, $130,672 for Lawrence County, $66,427 for Athens, $190,962 for Limestone County, $61,075 for Cullman and $232,890 for Cullman County.

Schools can spend the money for operating expenses, such as utilities and toiletries.

This year’s education budget had the money as a conditional appropriation. The governor can release money from conditional appropriations when tax revenue is greater than needed to fund regular appropriations.

“``Because our economy is strong, we’re experiencing record growth in the Education Trust Fund and can help schools across Alabama,” Riley said in a statement.

The distribution to a school system depends on the number of state-funded teachers it has.

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