Dayton School District works to raise $158,000 to match state energy grant

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DAYTON -- Dayton School District needs to find $158,000 to match a $250,000 state energy grant. The grant award was announced in late December.

The $408,000 project would fund replacement of air conditioning units at the high school, complete retrofitting of lighting begun several years ago, and update controls for heating and cooling systems at the high school.

Superintendent Doug Johnson said the district probably will have to borrow the additional money, if the board decides to move forward with the project. According to terms of the grant, the project must be completed by June 2011.

The grant program is funded by the state Legislature and administered by the state Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. A total of $16.7 million was awarded to 59 districts.

The projects will save an estimated $2.1 million in energy costs each year, according to information from OSPI.

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