Riverside hoping legislation would lead to funding for renovating old buildings

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Riverside hoping legislation would lead to funding for renovating old buildings

News-Herald – Aging school buildings may see new life thanks to a provision in President Barack Obama’s proposed American Jobs Act.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, wrote the new legislation in hopes of providing funding relief to school construction projects.

The bill was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday.

“Too many school districts — that have already been forced to cut budgets and lay off teachers — cannot afford physical improvements,” Brown said. “Meanwhile, an increasing share of their budgets, and Ohioans’ property taxes, is devoted to heating drafty schools.”

Brown listed 55 districts in need of significant repair — none were in The News-Herald coverage area — but he recognizes districts such as Riverside Schools in Painesville Township could be helped.

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