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Final Round of OSPI Energy Grants Announced
21 school districts to receive $7.6 million for energy operational improvements to schools

OLYMPIA — November 17, 2010 — The third and final round of the 2010 K-12 energy efficiency grants winners was announced today by Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn.

A total of 21 districts were collectively awarded $7.6 million as part of funding provided by the 2010 Legislature. The money will fund jobs for energy efficiency projects, including heating, ventilation, upgrade of controls, replacement of inefficient lighting and other building improvements.

“This was our most competitive round yet,” Dorn said. “Because of the high demand, we were only able to fund half of the projects that applied in this round.”

In all, 64 school districts have been awarded grants for about 80 school construction projects in the three rounds of grants. To qualify for the funds, school districts conducted audits of their school facilities to identify projects that could demonstrate guaranteed energy savings. The state money is being augmented with local leverage dollars.

The money was appropriated through the Washington State 2010 Supplemental Capital Budget (ESHB 2836), which set aside $50 million each to the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and the state Department of Commerce. OSPI awarded $15 million in July and $28 million in September. The Office of the Governor and the Department of Commerce awarded $17 million in August and $31 million in October.

For more information on the grants at OSPI, visit the School Facilities Web site.

 

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The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is the primary agency charged with overseeing K-12 education in Washington state. Led by State School Superintendent Randy Dorn, OSPI works with the state’s 295 school districts and nine Educational Service Districts to administer basic education programs and implement education reform on behalf of more than one million public school students.

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