Recipients of Urgent Repair Grants Announced
AUBURN — September 12, 2011 — Thanks to a grant program created and funded by the state Legislature, 62 Washington state school districts will soon begin urgent repair and renovation projects.
About $5 million is being distributed to districts for 73 capital construction work projects through the Urgent Repair Grant program. The Urgent Repair Grant program is solely for nonrecurring costs associated with necessary school facility repairs and renovations related to unforeseen health and safety needs. The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction administers the grant program.
“This is a great program,” said Randy Dorn, state superintendent of public instruction. “It gives the state a chance to give quick help to districts that need minor but critical repairs, such as fire sprinkler systems and roofs and water systems.”
A rigorous competitive selection process was used to evaluate and prioritize requests from the 108 school district applications, with the top 73 projects being funded in 62 districts. More than $12 million was sought by the 108 school districts. The data provided by the applicants provides excellent information for future budgetary considerations.
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.
OSPI does not discriminate and provides equal access to its programs and services for all persons without regard to race, color, gender, religion, creed, marital status, national origin, sexual preference/orientation, age, veteran’s status or the presence of any physical, sensory or mental disability.
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