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Governor Rauner Helps Open New Mt. Vernon Township High School

August 20, 2016

The Governor helps cut the ribbon opening the new Mt. Vernon Township High School on the first day of classes Friday.

Governor Bruce Rauner joined state and local leaders at the ribbon cutting Friday morning of the new Mt. Vernon Township High School to officially open the building for students.

The Governor said today a community’s dream for its students becomes a reality. He noted education is the most important thing we do as a society.  Rauner says it’s clear Mt. Vernon takes the responsibility of educating its youngest residents a priority, and he is excited to celebrate with the community as the new state-of-the-art facility is opened.

“This facility is dedicated to the way education should be done.  This gives parents and students choices in what they want to learn and how they want to learn it.   It gives the option, do you want to be on a college prepartory track and go to a great college? Awesome, go for it . You can do it here best anywhere.  Do you want to go into a technical career,  with great skills, to have a great income and a great future?  You can do it here.  And right out of this high school you can step into a great career with good pay and a strong future,” said Rauner.

Crews broke ground for the new facility in September 2014.  The school will be able to accommodate more than 1,800 students and features a 45,000 square foot career center. The new school is replacing the existing campus that contained 11 buildings. Those buildings were constructed between 1905 and the late 1970’s.

The project received $48 million in state funding as part of the school construction grant program.

The students of Mt. Vernon Township High School invited the Governor to attend the grand opening when he visited the school back in March.

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