$38 million to improve 15 Northland school districts

By KBJR News 1

$38 million to improve 15 Northland school districts

October 30, 2013 Updated Oct 30, 2013 at 11:41 AM CDT

Eveleth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- State lawmakers and area leaders are investing more money into improving schools across the Northland.

Fifteen regional school districts will receive $38 million for building projects, such as energy efficiency, technology, infrastructure, health, safety, and maintenance improvements.

The Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board was able to sell bonds to pay for these upgrades thanks to legislation spearheaded by Iron Range representatives..

"This last legislative session we invested in youth across the Iron Range by dedicating a portion of revenue from the taconite production tax to area schools,” says Rep. Carly Melin of Hibbing. “Kids across our region are one of our greatest assets, and investing in their education is one of the best investments we can make."

“We believe it is very important for the iron mining industry to support our education system on Minnesota’s Iron Range," says Bob Bratulich, Director, District 11 United Steelworkers. "We applaud the Iron Ore Alliance and its approach to legislative issues such as public education. We especially thank the Range Delegation for its leadership in the area of education of our children."

The funding will be distributed as follows:
- Aitkin: $1,300,000
- Cook County: $1,000,000
- Crosby-Ironton: $1,200,000
- Greenway: $1,891,370
- Grand Rapids: $2,000,000
- Nashwauk-Keewatin: $1,000,000
- Lake Superior: $1,548,650
- Chisholm: $2,035,000
- Ely : $1,000,000
- Hibbing; $7,900,000
- Virginia: $7,700,000
- Mountain Iron-Buhl: $1,590,870
- St. Louis County: $2,900,000
- Eveleth-Gilbert: $2,194,637
- Mesabi East: $2,739,473

Posted to the web by Krista Burns
kburns@kbjr.com