School chairs and equipmentROCKFORD – Schools in Rockford and Harlem will soon see a combined $100,000 in updates thanks to funding from the Illinois State Board of Education, State Senator Steve Stadelman announced Thursday.

“We are providing these schools with the necessary funds for improvements to their facilities that will allow them to better serve students,” Stadelman (D-Rockford) said. “Improving buildings and investing in projects for our schools ensures we are always looking for ways to facilitate better learning environments for all students.”

A total of $30 million in 2022 School Maintenance Grants was distributed to districts across the state. To be eligible for the grants, applicants were required to match the state funds and commit to completing proposed projects within two years.

Grant funding of $50,000 each will be provided to Rockford SD 205 and Harlem UD 122 for infrastructure improvement projects.

Projects made possible thanks to these grants include updates to heating and cooling, improvements to ventilation, increased accessibility throughout buildings and more.

“Student’s environments affect their learning” Stadelman said. “These projects will ensure our schools can foster good learning environments that will help students thrive.”

A full list of grantees and awards can be viewed on the ISBE website.