McClinton announces $7 million grant to William Penn School District

Funding will support renovation efforts at three elementary schools, Kerr Field athletic complex

YEADON, Dec. 13 – Pennsylvania House Democratic Caucus Majority Leader Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, today announced that William Penn School District was awarded $7 million to help pay for much-needed building renovations within the district.

McClinton said the funding, awarded through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, will support renovation efforts at the district’s Bell Avenue, Lansdowne and W.B. Evans elementary schools, as well as the Kerr Field athletic complex.

“We expect the most from students – good grades, attendance and a strong academic standing. Students should expect the same from the facilities where they go to learn,” McClinton said. “This funding couldn’t have come at a better time and is a clear reminder of why it is so important that we continue to support and advocate for similar funding in the future.”

McClinton said the funding will allow the three elementary schools to replace windows, add ADA-compliant ramps and elevators, and upgrade their HVAC and lighting systems. The remaining funding will go toward the project at Kerr Field, which includes the demolition of existing facilities, site work and stormwater management. This project also will allow for the installation of a new running track and markings; synthetic turf vase, drainage and carpet system; athletic field lighting; grandstands; parking lot; fencing; baseball and softball reorientation; locker room; and field house.

RACP is administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational and historical improvement projects. RACP projects are authorized in the Redevelopment Assistance section of the Capital Budget Itemization Act, have a regional or multi-jurisdictional impact, and generate substantial increases or maintain current levels of employment, tax revenues, or other measures of economic activity.

RACP projects are state-funded projects that cannot obtain primary funding under other state programs. 

Learn more about the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program by visiting