ClayborneA measure that will bring more funding to the Mascoutah Community Unit School District sponsored by State Senator James Clayborne (D- East St. Louis) has become law.

The measure allows the school district access to $4 million in federal funding per year.

“We need to ensure our schools are adequately funded,” Clayborne said. “Many people throughout Mascoutah rely on the schools that are on Scott Air Force Base and it is important those schools receive the resources needed to ensure their kids receive a good education.”

Currently, schools that are on federally owned property, such as Scott Elementary School, do not receive portions of property tax revenue for their funding. Under this new law the district has more flexibility in its tax levy so it can receive a Federal Impact Grant.

The Federal Impact Grant is distributed to school districts that have lost property tax revenue due to tax-exempt federal property. In this case, schools on Scott Air Force Base.