State Sen. Toni Harp announced Friday the approval of state funding for improvements to schools in both New Haven and West Haven. The two grants total more than $2.1 million.

The funding was authorized by legislation passed during the General Assembly’s Special Session last June. It was authorized and released at Friday’s State Bond Commission meeting.

A grant valued at over $1.5 million will be provided for New Haven schools to assist with repairs and improvements at its buildings and grounds. West Haven schools are set to receive over $400,000 for similar projects.

“The beauty of this funding is that much-needed maintenance and repair work can be completed at these schools without taking away from their current operating budgets,” said Harp, who represents both New Haven and West Haven.

The grants will be administered by the state Dept. of Education. Each district qualifies for this funding by virtue of its designation as a priority school district.

-Yale Daily News