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Grandview schools get $457,274 in energy boosting grant

GRANDVIEW -Grandview School District campuses could soon see improvements to its buildings.

Last week the Washington State OSPI announced recipients of its energy efficiency grants. Of the 21 schools awarded funds statewide, Grandview is the only district to receive monies in Yakima County.

The goal of obtaining these grants, according to district officials, is to allow the district to reduce energy consumption, improve indoor air quality, provide increased reliability, eliminate obsolete equipment and qualify for rebate incentives for energy grant funding.

The district was awarded $457,274, and those funds will go towards an estimated $785,915 project to improve insulation, windows and other energy efficient upgrades to the district's schools.

McKinstry Inc., a full-service design, build, operate and maintenance firm, has been working with the Grandview School District making recommendations for conservation improvements.

After an assessment of Grandview schools, McKinstry officials say that Thompson Elementary School, along with the middle and high schools, are in need of building control optimization.

The firm also suggested last October that the high school obtain a new boiler or chiller. Notes from the assessment indicate the Cleaver Brooks broiler at GHS is 35-years-old and past its useful service life.

With the 2012 Jobs Now Act, an energy operational cost savings grants program, schools statewide received $14 million for the first round of energy conservation grants.

"Not only is it important to be energy efficient, but it's also great to provide our children with a healthy environment," Superintendent Kevin Chase said at a school board meeting earlier this year.

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