School consortium to receive $2 million grant

School consortium to receive $2 million grant

A $2 million state grant for the newly formed Southern Macoupin Consortium for Innovation and Career Pathways will be announced in a press conference in Staunton early next week.

State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) will be joined by superintendents from Macoupin County school districts Tuesday, Sept. 10, to announce grant for the Southern Macoupin Consortium for Innovation and Career Pathways.

In his role as a chief negotiator of the state’s new budget, Manar secured funding for the consortium, which was formed this summer to allow Macoupin County school districts to cooperate to expand their career and technical education offerings.

The grant will be used to assist the consortium with the implementation of these new programs and fund potential capital improvements to career and technical education facilities.

The school districts of Bunker Hill, Carlinville, Gillespie, Mt. Olive, Southwestern and Staunton are all members of the newly formed consortium.

“The consortium is going to provide Macoupin County students with great new opportunities to better prepare themselves for future careers,” Manar said. “I’m glad we were able to secure this grant in this year’s budget and I look forward to working with schools in my district to continue providing new educational opportunities.”

A press conference announcing the grant is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. at Staunton High School, 801 North Deneen Street.