School districts win energy grant

  • Mon Jul 12th, 2010 9:39pm
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By Andy Rathbun Herald Writer

Five Snohomish County school districts will receive $6.43 million in energy grants, helping fund improvements to heating systems, lighting and more.

The money is part of a $100 million pool being awarded by the state Legislature to repair and upgrade school buildings.

The projects could help local schools cope with another tight budget year, as state funding continues to slide.

The grant-winning districts are:

Northshore, which will use $4.35 million to work on its heating and cooling system and controls.

Mukilteo, which will use $1.3 million to improve its heating and cooling system and controls.

Lake Stevens, which will use $560,000 to work on its heating and cooling system, boiler plant, pumps and lighting.

Snohomish, which will use $175,000 for work its heating and cooling system.

Marysville, which will use $44,122 for lighting upgrades.

To win the money, districts had to show their projects would result in guaranteed energy savings.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn said simple things like proper ventilation and adequate lights can help kids learn.

School districts also may be able to free up more money for classrooms by trimming their energy bills.

Many local districts, including Everett and Edmonds, want to cut those costs as state funding drops.

Andy Rathbun: 425-339-3455; arathbun@heraldnet.com.