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Manila awarded $14 million for new high school

MANILA, AR (KAIT) -

Students in a Mississippi County school will one day walk in a brand new high school.

State officials approved the multi-million dollar funding for a new school in the Manila School District.

But before it's a reality, the district will need the community's help.

The district will receive $14 million for the building, but not all of that will come from state funding.

The Manila School District was awarded the largest amount of money in the entire state.

The school plans to use the money to build a brand new high school. 

The district already has a new elementary and junior high.

The current high school is more than 50 years old.

Chris Ferrell, Manila High School principal, said they have over 1,100 students district wide and continue to experience growth.

He said new facilities also help attract industry to the area.

Ferrell said the school and community of Manila are projected to see large growth in the coming years.

“Our students have really performed well in what we have now, and I'm very excited to see how that performance increases over time by giving them state of the art facilities to grow in,” Ferrell said.

The school's next step is to start a campaign for a millage increase.

The school must provide a part of the funding for the new facility. 

Ferrell said they need to raise around $6 million.

They plan to vote on the millage in September and hope to have renderings and plans in a few months.

If the millage increase does not pass, the school will have to return the state money. 

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