PCHS receives $14 million for new high school building

CARTERVILLE -- District leaders at three southern Illinois schools say they're thankful for the capital money coming their way. That money is part of the $270 million Governor Quinn released to 18 school statewide this week. The Carterville, Pinckneyville and Cairo districts will all see some of the money. Three million dollars will be used for an addition to an elementary school in the Cairo district.

The Pinckneyville School district will receive $14 million for its new high school building. Pinckneyville was actually on the proposed capital list in 2003. The district has been waiting 7 years for the capital money; construction on the new building is now slated to begin in March 2011.

The current high school building is 80 years old. Superintendent Jonathan Green says it has simply reached it's lifespan.

"The building went through it's 10 year health, life, safety review. And during that time it was discovered it would cost more to repair this building, this structure, than it would to replace," he said.

Green says his district hopes to have the new high school ready for students to use in fall 2012. It will be built on the current site, and will connect to the gymnasium.

Both Green and Carterville Superintendent Tim Bleyer Bleyer tell News Three state officials have told they they'll receive their capital money fairly quickly.

Some have criticized the timing of Governor Quinn's capital announcement, less than 2 weeks before election day. But both officials say they're just happy to get the money.

"I think any district in Illinois would be excited about the opportunity to receive 22 and a half million dollars, and we're excited about it. As far as we're concerned, the timing couldn't be better," said Bleyer.

By: Emily Finnegan, WSIL TV-3 news
efinnegan@wsiltv.com

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