Hoquiam School District gets $200,000 grant for energy efficiency improvements

The Hoquiam School District will receive over $200,000 in Energy Efficiency Grants from the state. Hoquiam is among 29 school districts across the state are being collectively awarded $9 million for school facility energy efficiency improvements, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction announced this week.

The projects will produce immediate and long-term energy and operational savings, improve the indoor environmental qualities of our schools and help stimulate construction-industry jobs in the state. The energy grant projects leverage state capital dollars with utility incentives, energy savings and local money to make improvements that may otherwise not be affordable.

The 29 projects have a total project cost of $38.3 million.

“We aren’t the only state working on reducing our energy use, but we are one of the best,” said State Superintendent Randy Dorn. (According to the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, Washington ranks eighth in the nation.) “These improvements do more than just reduce energy,” Dorn said. “They remove obsolete heating and lighting equipment, keep cold winter breezes out and help create safer parking lots and walkways. The greatest change is that the improvements in the classrooms make concentrating on learning less of a challenge”

In all, 50 school districts applied for grant funding for school infrastructure and building system improvements with more than $50.1 million in total project costs.

To qualify for the funds, districts must conduct an investment-grade audit of their school facilities to identify projects that would yield energy savings and be most beneficial overall. The districts are required to measure, verify and report the actual energy savings.

Similar funding by the state Legislature for energy efficiency has been granted to school districts beginning in 2009. To date, OSPI has granted nearly $134 million to 176 school districts around the state.

For more information on these energy grants, or to view a map of all the energy grants by district, visit OSPI’s School Facilities Energy Grant Program Web site.

Hoquiam School District earns School of Distinction award

HOQUIAM, Wash. – The Hoquiam School District this week was recognized as a School of Distinction in their region. School Superintendent Mike Parker tells us Educational Service District 113 notified them this week that they are one of twelve schools throughout the region that will receive the award.
ESD 113 serves 44 school districts in Thurston, Lewis, Mason, Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties as well as approved private schools within those counties.
To earn School of Distinction status, schools must be performing at least at the state average in each grade level measured in their school (3rd through 8th and 10th grade) on Reading and Math assessments. Schoolswere then evaluated on combined Reading and Math improvement over the last 5 years. The top five percent of the elementary schools, middle/junior high schools, high schools and alternative schools are designated as Schools of Distinction.

Raymond School District Honored by WASA

The Raymond District was nominated for the award by Mike Hickman, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Service District (ESD) 113 – a regional agency that supports 44 school districts across a five county region. According to Hickman,

“For several months during the spring & summer of 2011 the ESD had been encouraging school districts to partner with us to offer a reengagement program for high school dropouts under 21 years old. School districts were reluctant to offer the GRAVITY program, primarily because there were widespread concerns about the potential negative impact these struggling learners would have on state and federal educational accountability measures (state test scores and graduation rates). Districts and schools would be penalized if their averages didn’t continue to go up. We are so thankful that in late August 2011 Dr. Holland and the Raymond School District Board of Directors had the moral courage to step up and accept the responsibility of serving these vulnerable youth, especially given that most of them don’t live in the Raymond area. Due to the leadership of Raymond School District, over 160 youth have had the opportunity to reconnect to public education and receive the support necess
ary to help them make progress toward critical learning and life goals. “

For more information regarding GRAVITY consortiums and other ESD 113 dropout reengagement services, contact Mike Hickman (mhickman@esd13.org).
For specific GRAVITY learning program services in the East Willapa Harbor area contact Sharon Madrid, (360) 875-9470).

Ocosta District Among Washington School Grants Announced

The districts receiving the awards are:

  • Chehalis
  • Evaline
  • Issaquah
  • Kennewick
  • Marysville
  • Northshore
  • Ocosta
  • Pasco
  • Reardan-Edwall
  • South Kitsap
  • Spokane
  • Tahoma
  • Wenatchee
  • Yakima

In March, OSPI awarded $20 million to 43 projects as part of the 2011‒13 capital budget. The 14 districts awarded today also applied in March but did not receive grants at that time. Since then, the state Legislature allocated an additional $40 million through the 2012 Jobs Now Act, to be awarded in three rounds by OSPI. The funds are specifically earmarked for energy operational cost savings. The awards announced today make up the first round. The second round – $14 million – will be awarded at the end of November 2012; the remaining $20 million will be awarded in February 2013.

To qualify for these funds, school districts must conduct an investment-grade audit of their school facilities to determine what improvements will save the most energy and be most beneficial overall. School districts are using the Energy Savings Performance Contracting as well as the traditional design-bid-build contracting method for design and construction of these projects.

Similar funding by the state Legislature for energy grants included $16.9 million in 2009 and $50 million in 2010.

For more information on these energy grants, visit OSPI’s School Facilities Energy Grant Program Web site.

Aberdeen Among 50 School Districts to Receive OSPI Grant

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Grant winners will be expected to:

  • Designate a District CCSS Implementation Team of four to six individuals to participate in this project.
  • Attend spring 2012 Content Trainings (regionally delivered). Each ESD will offer two days of math and one day of English language arts training for district content leaders/facilitators at no cost to participants. The content leaders on the district’s identified CCSS team are expected to participate in these offerings.
  • Attend CCSS District Team Workshops (Seattle and Spokane area locations to be determined). Two, two-day workshops in May and August will engage districts teams in learning opportunities to build a foundational understanding of the CCSS, to consider the implications on professional learning for educators, and to provide support in creating district-specific implementation plans and identifying the supports needed at the state, regional, and local levels.
  • Provide collaborative time for school faculty throughout spring and summer 2012.
  • Agree to serve as a resource for other school districts as they build CCSS transition plans (e.g., be available for phone calls, share district implementation plans).
School District (Grant Winner) ESD
Aberdeen School District 113
Auburn School District 121
Bremerton School District 114
Brewster School District 171
Brinnon School District 114
Burlington-Edison School District 189
Chehalis School District 113
Clarkston School District 123
Concrete School District 189
Cusick School District 101
Dayton School District 123
Deer Park School District 101
East Valley School District (Spokane) 101
Eastmont School District 171
Ephrata School District 171
Federal Way School District 121
Ferndale School District 189
Franklin Pierce School District 121
Grand Coulee Dam School District 171
Grandview School District 105
Highland School District 105
Inchelium School District 101
Kelso School District 112
Kent School District 121
Kiona-Benton School District 123
Longview School District 112
Lopez School District 189
Manson School District 171
McCleary School District 113
Moses Lake School District 171
Mount Vernon School District 189
Mukilteo School District 189
Nooksack School District 189
North Beach School District 113
Orondo School District 171
Oroville School District 171
Prosser School District 123
Renton School District 121
Republic School District 101
Royal School District 105
Sedro-Woolley School District 189
Shelton School District 113
Sprague School District 101
Tacoma School District 121
Union Gap School District 105
Wahkiakum School District 112
Walla Walla Public School 123
Wapato School District 105
West Valley School District (Spokane) 101
Woodland School District 112

Oakville School District Wins Federal Grant

OAKVILLE, Wash. – Oakville School district is one of six statewide that has been identified to receive federal School Improvement Grants. The Office of Superintendent of Public  Instruction announced yesterday Oakville was one of 11 that applied from Washington, the OSPI will announce later this month how the six winning schools will be splitting the 4.5 million dollars awarded. The other School Districts awarded were Burlington-Edison, Marysville, Spokane, Toppenish, and Wapato.

Washington Community Leaders Asked to Help Schools

Ladenburg says the city council, school board and parks department in Tacoma are working together to put more after-school activities in place for kids in Pierce County. She says they’d like to see more businesses willing to volunteer, especially with teens, to reinforce the skills they learn at school.

Diana Comfort, assistant director of child care for the Tacoma-Pierce County YMCA, says parents’ top priority is keeping their kids safe after school, but the programs also focus on health, physical fitness and learning. That has turned out to be a winning formula, she says.

"What new research is revealing is that kids in quality out-of-school programs are more engaged in learning, and achieve higher academic performance, standardized test performance, and homework completion – and grades!"

The Tacoma "Y" runs 47 programs in 10 school districts, and received a grant from Schools Out Washington to build more community involvement with kids. Grants were also given to the city of Shoreline, the YMCA in Snohomish County, the Northwest Learning and Achievement Group in Wapato, and the Martha and Mary Child Care Center in Poulsbo.