Canfield Local Schools could receive state funds to help build its new middle school if the state budget bill is approved.

According to the release, $33 million was included in the state budget which passed the Ohio House of Representatives Wednesday.

Al Cutrona offered the funding for the school as an amendment to the bill. He also noted that the proposal was completed without impacting property taxes.

The $33 million will go toward Canfield schools for the Accelerated School Assistance Program which supports the learning environment and academic success of students and prepare them for the workforce.

“Unfortunately, the Canfield Middle School is over 100 years old and is falling apart. It was important to get this funding secured in this budget to build the new school and provide students with a proper learning environment,” Cutrona said.

Canfield Superintendent, Joe Knoll has released a statement expressing his gratitude to Cutrona for his support of the school district. The full statement reads as follows:

"We are extremely grateful for Representative Cutrona's support as a champion for the Canfield Local School District and our stakeholders. After many years of making our case to state legislators about the inequities of state funding, Rep. Cutrona has taken unprecedented steps in the right direction."

"Our middle school is over 100 years old and replacing it would be a substantial burden on our taxpayers. Representative Cutrona understands this burden and is helping to alleviate it with the amendment he proposed in the Ohio House on Wednesday. We appreciate the support of the House of Representatives and are hopeful that this budget will be passed by the Senate and signed by the Governor."

The state budget now moves to the State Senate for further consideration.