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Legislative grants on the way for local schools

By M.J. Ellington
mjellington@decaturdaily.com (334) 262-1104

MONTGOMERY — Area lawmakers chose schools, libraries and service organizations to receive the latest round of funds distributed through Legislative Community Service Grants.

Three senators, whose districts include Morgan, Law-rence and Limestone counties, gave grants ranging from $500 to more than $30,000. Most lawmakers say they will complete the process between now and the end of the state's fiscal year, Sept. 30.

Sen. Arthur Orr, R-Decatur, requested community service grant funds that were approved for the following schools:

  • Albert P. Brewer High School — $25,000

  • Austin High School — $7,500

  • Decatur High School — $7,500

  • Priceville Middle School — $6,000

  • West Morgan High School — $5,000

  • West Morgan Middle School — $5,000

  • Falkville High School — $5,000

  • Falkville Elementary School — $3,000

  • Hartselle High School — $3,000

  • Union Hill School — $2,000

    Orr also has grants pending for nine libraries that the committee will consider at a future meeting.

    Sen. Tom Butler, D-Madison, requested funds for grants for the following Limestone County projects:

  • East Limestone High School — $10,000

  • West Limestone High School — $5,000

  • Ardmore High School — $5,000

  • Athens High School — $5,000

  • Elkmont High School — $5,000

  • Johnson Elementary School — $2,000

  • Athens Intermediate School — $1,500

  • Brookhill Elementary School — $1,500

  • Cowart Elementary School — $1,500

  • Athens Elementary School — $1,000

  • Julie Newman Elementary School — $1,000

    Sen. Zeb Little, D-Cullman, requested funds for grants in the tri-county area for:

  • R.A. Hubbard High School — $1,500

  • Hatton High School — $1,000

  • Addison High School — $500

    State law allows lawmakers to distribute funds in their local districts to help schools, libraries and other organizations that provide education-related services.

    House and Senate members must approve all grant applications for the 2007 state fiscal year by Sept. 30.

    A committee made up of Democratic and Republican House and Senate members must review and approve all applications.

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