clayborne1105SPRINGFIELD – The Senate Education Committee passed a plan that will allow Lebanon Community Unit School District to continue raising funds for a new school building Wednesday. State Senator James Clayborne (D-Belleville) sponsored the proposal, House Bill 1002.

“The school district has been raising funds for this much-needed new building. This bill simply gives the school the opportunity to continue raising money,” Clayborne said.

The bill extends the school district’s debt limit allowing them to continue issuing bonds and collecting the $7.5 million that residents voted to raise in a 2010 referendum.

“The current school is 80 years old and the community is in dire need of a new building, I’m happy to be able to assist this process in any way,” Clayborne said.

House Bill 1002 passed the committee and will now go before the full Senate for a vote as early as tomorrow.