Storm Lake and Newell-Fonda school districts are among the more than 100 Iowa districts that will receive federal matching funds for school construction and safety projects under the "Harkin Grants" initiative.
Storm Lake will receive $75,000 and Newell-Fonda will receive $20,625 to improve school safety.
"These Harkin Grants will allow local school districts to leverage precious resources to ensure that more Iowa students are attending classes in safe buildings and classrooms," Governor Tom Vilsack said.
Legislation authored by Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa has provided school districts access to more than $28 million since 1998. The grants are intended to make urgent repairs to remedy fire code violations or help districts subsidize a portion of construction projects.