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By Pam Stevens
Managing Editor 

Granite Falls School District receives major grant from state, PUD

 

January 7, 2013



The Granite Falls School District is certainly doing their part in becoming more energy efficient and with the help of grant money from OSPI, or the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, and a matching grant of $100,000 from Snohomish PUD they soon will be able to save tens of thousands of dollars each year.

Mike Sullivan, the Director of Business Operations for the Granite Falls School District applied for grant money from OSPI and was awarded $762,000, the largest grant amount given to the district.

Granite Falls School District is one of 21 schools in the state that was awarded part of the $14.9 million pot given to schools to help them become more energy efficient.

“The cost of energy continues to rise, which puts a greater burden on our schools’ operating budgets,” said Randy Dorn, state superintendent. “We are seeing projects that replace old, worn-out heating systems, add insulation and new windows and get rid of outdated lighting. There are really three significant benefits to these projects: reducing the energy costs, eliminating energy-use waste and greatly improving the learning environment at the same time.”

The district will be adding in their own money (approximately $400,000) and with the two grants and the matching money from the district the total amount which will be used is $1.3 million.

The district will be replacing old boilers and other items throughout district buildings which will end up saving the district approximately $80,000 a year in energy costs.

 

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