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Lopez School receives repair grant

Lopez Island School District received a $100,000 Urgent Repair Grant from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) to make repairs to the elementary school roof. The amount is the maximum possible for this competitive grant.


OSPI received 198 applications and awarded 63 to schools around the state for making urgent repairs to facilities to enhance health and safety, and/or prolong the life of a school facility. Twenty-three of the 63 awards were for the full amount of $100,000.

Lopez will use the funds to address potential and ongoing student health and safety liability, as well as overall facility degradation caused by a deteriorating flat roof over its elementary school.

The roof was installed in 1978 and is well beyond its projected life. In the winter of 2009 an independent facility group hired to survey the district’s facility needs, cited the repair of the flat roof as a “major safety issue” and recommended that the safety and health issues therein be addressed when the district could.

The potential damage to interior wiring, HVAC ducting, fire-suppressant piping, and other infrastructure elements, as well as potential damage to classroom and food services facilities located under the roof area, have been an ongoing concern to the district, stated District Maintenance Director Denny Jardine.

“We are very appreciative of this opportunity to address this facility issue”, said Superintendent Bill Evans. “The money for ongoing repairs has been coming out of the general fund, which is money that has potentially not been going to students and educational materials and supplies. With this grant we will be able to reduce the drain on the general fund for those band-aid repairs we have been making.”

Work on the roof will likely take place in the summer of 2012.

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