U.S. Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) Thursday announced that the U.S. Department of Education has awarded a $4 million grant to the Douglas School District in Box Elder, SD to help build a new elementary school.
"This is great news for the students and teachers in Box Elder," said Johnson. "The new school will provide an enhanced learning environment and is a sound investment in our children."
The U.S. Department of Education grant funding from the Impact Aid School Construction program will be used to build a new elementary school. The Douglas School District has approximately 450 students enrolled in elementary school. The new school will replace the 1952 building the school district currently uses.
Senator Johnson is a founder and current co-chair of the Senate Impact Aid Coalition. This spring, Senator Johnson, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, led the effort to send a bipartisan letter to his colleagues on the Senate Appropriations Committee requesting strong and continued funding for the Impact Aid program in Fiscal Year 2014.
Impact Aid Construction Grants go to local school districts that educate high percentages of certain federally connected children — both children living on Indian lands and children of members of the uniformed services. These grants help pay for the construction and repair of school buildings. Impact Aid School Construction grants are distributed on both a formula and competitive basis. The Douglas School District is a recipient of a competitive school construction grant. Competitive school construction grants cannot exceed 50% of the total project cost and are capped at a $4 million award level.