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Local school districts receive state library aid

6:35 AM, May 1, 2013  |  Comments
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All five Door County school districts received library aid from the state's Common School Fund Monday.

Public school districts across the state will share $30.1 million in library aid. According to a news release from the Department of Public Instruction, the payments were based on $24.71 per child for 1.218 million children counted during the 2011-12 school census. The DPI's census total was down 6,486 children from the 2011-12 school year and $2.4 million less in aid was distributed. The money is specifically earmarked for books, media materials, or computers for school library use.

Gibraltar Area School District received $19,569 in aid. Sevastopol School District received $20,039 and Southern Door County School District received $36,939. Sturgeon Bay and Washington Island school districts received $43,018 and $2,471, respectively.

"Aid from the Common School Fund provides important support for school libraries, which are a proven resource that helps our students develop important skills and supports academic achievement," said State Superintendent Tony Evers. "Aid from the Common School Fund is often the only funding school libraries receive to purchase new materials."

Districts have until June 30 to use the funds.

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