Education grants head to district

Posted: Monday, September 03, 2007

State education grants have made nearly $600,000 available to the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District.

A pair of ordinances accepting and appropriating the funds will be introduced at the Tuesday meeting of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly.

Ordinance 2007-19-18 includes two grants totaling $445,000 to be used for school equipment and supplies. Some $5,000 of that is earmarked specifically for schoolbooks and supplies for the school in Tyonek.

The other measure, Ordinance 2007-19-19, accepts three state capital project grants totaling $152,500. That money will be used to pay for a security project at Nikiski High School, roof repair at Soldotna Elementary School, and siding for the gymnasium at Soldotna Middle School.

Both ordinances are scheduled for public hearings on Oct. 9.

The funds were part of the FY 2008 Capital Budget bill, Senate Bill 53, signed into law by Gov. Sarah Palin in June. The money may be used anytime between July 1, 2007, and July 1, 2012, and does not require any borough matching funds.

The larger equipment and supply grant will not be charged the borough's normal administrative fee.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will pay any required expenditures and administer the grants, allowing the borough to waive the fee.

The borough will administer the capital project grants and will charge its normal 3-percent fee.

Hal Spence can be reached at hspence@ptialaska.net.



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