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Public School Districts to Share $30.2 Million in Library Aid

Friday, April 11th, 2014 -- 9:29 AM

-Public school districts throughout the state will share $30.2 million in library aid, which will be paid April 28 from the Common School Fund, the only state funding specifically designated for the purchase of materials for school libraries.

Aid is based on the number of children between the ages of 4 and 20 living in each school district. This year?s school library aid payment will be $24.95 (rounded) per child for 1,210,433 children counted in the 2012-13 school census.

Funding is up from last year and the school census total is down by 7,770 children, meaning the per child payment will increase about 24 cents per child from the 2012-13 school year. Districts must use Common School Fund library aid by June 30 for the purchase of books, digital resources, and technology that is housed in the school library program.

Libraries in our area will be receiving those funds as well. Neillsville will get $29,366, Granton will receive $16,068, $27,744 for Loyal, $19,835 for Greenwood, Owen-Withee will receive $24,650, Thorp will receive $30,264, $21,182 for Abbotsford and $38,423 for Colby.

Some other libraries in the area receiving these funds include $27,594 to Spencer, $137,997 to Marshfield, Pittsville will receive $23,278, Osseo-Fairchild will receive $36,427, $56,337 to Black River Falls and $71,182 to Medford.

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