York County school districts could each get an average of $2.5 million each under the governor's proposal to privatize state liquor stores and use the money for education.

The governor's office released its estimates on Monday to help support the cause as the governor tries to rally support for the proposal, which has yet to be introduced to the General Assembly.

York County schools and others around the state would get a share of $1 billion in proceeds from the sales of the state's liquor system, according to the governor's figures.

That would be used to create the Passport for Learning Block Grant, a four-part system to distribute the revenue over four years.

York City would stand to get the most at $7.5 million spread over four years, as the money is partially tied to district poverty levels, among other factors. Hanover would get the least at about $831,000.

Department of Education spokesman Tim Eller said the funding would be above and beyond standard basic education funding.

The four areas the money can be used:

* Science, Math, Engineering and Math: Any STEM course work and programs in grades 6-12.

* Ready by 3: Kindergarten and early childhood enrichment programs to get students where they need to be by third grade, the first year of state testing.

* Individualized Learning Programs: Programs that provide students with self-paced, customized learning plans


* School Safety: Projects and staffing that improve school security, such as a school resource officer (a specially trained police officer who patrols schools)

Eller said the money could be used for existing programs.

"It's not a rigid mandate. it's a flexible mandate," Eller said.

But districts would be cautioned to use the grant money only for short-term programs or be prepared to be saddled with the bill when the funding runs out in four years, Eller said.

The earliest the funding would be available would be the 2014-15 school year, so it would not affect next year's school district budget process.

- Reach Andrew Shaw at ashaw@yorkdispatch.com