Contributed article by the Illinois Senate Democrats.
STAUNTON – State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) will be joined by superintendents from Macoupin County school districts Tuesday, Sept. 10 when he announces a new state grant for the Southern Macoupin Consortium for Innovation and Career Pathways. The conference will be held at Staunton High School starting at 3 pm
In his role as a chief negotiator of the state’s new budget, Manar secured the $2 million grant 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 Staunton, Carlinville, Southwestern, Gillespie, Mt. Olive and Bunker Hill are all members of the 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.”