LITTLE ROCK— Arkansas is awarding 40 school districts with $103.7 million in state funding for 56 campus building, expansion and system replacement projects in fiscal year 2019-2020.
Jefferson County schools are not on the immediate funding list, though more than $2.2 million in projects have had funding requests, including a new heating and air conditioning system at Pine Bluff High School.
The Commission for Public School Academic Facilities and Transportation approved subsidizing each district's separate projects on Wednesday. The school districts receiving state backing include Springdale, Little Rock, Earle and Maynard.
The West Memphis School District is set to obtain the most money in year one of the state's two-year funding cycle, getting over $20 million to replace three junior high schools.
The funding is the outcome of an Arkansas program that was started in 2006 to renovate public schools after a Supreme Court ruling declared that the public schools were inequitable, inadequate and unconstitutional.
At the Pine Bluff District, fund requests have also been made by Jack Robey Junior High School for a new gym heating and air conditioning system, as well as a new system at W.T. Cheney Elementary School.
The White Hall School District has also requested money for air conditioning and heater system work.