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Hayden schools earn $300,000 grant

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Hayden schools will receive more than $400,000 in repairs, paid for in large part by the mining industry.

The Hayden School District recently learned it has been awarded full funding for a $299,750 Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance Grant from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs. Combined with about $180,000 provided by the district, the grant will fund replacement of the elementary school roofs and upgrades to heating systems in all buildings.

The district is getting the final grant contract signed and should be able to start bidding out the two projects in the next several weeks, according to Hayden School District Business Manager Jnl Linsacum.

“A lot of the work has already been done, for the grant application,” she said. “We had to get an estimated price, we have the bid packages ready, but we have to have the contract signed before we can actually start advertising for bids.”

The district wants to begin work on the heating system upgrade this winter, and do work on the elementary roof replacement, as well as repairs to the high school gymnasium roof, next summer, Linsacum said.

“The contract actually says Dec. 31, 2000, but we hope to have it completed next summer,” she said of the capital improvements.

Securing the Energy Impact Assistant grant and, particularly, being awarded full-funding for a grant request so close to the department’s usual $300,000 cap is a major boon for the school district. It will allow the needed repairs to be completed more quickly than if the district had to budget and pay for them entirely out of its own funds. Specifically, the work is being planned over two fiscal years, with the district earmarking roughly $90,000 to go toward the project for each of those years, rather than having to be budgeted over a five-year period.

The cost of the planned repairs is close to $438,000 the roof work estimated at $237,000 and the temperature control replacement at just under $201,000.

The heating system in the schools were installed in 1972, and can only be set to blow hot air or cold air, with no way of controlling the temperature. The situation is obviously unhealthy for students, not to mention costly for the district.

“We think installing the temperature controls will mean big savings for the district,” Mader said. “It should help cut down on our energy bills.”

The leaky roof of the elementary school will be replaced and the high school gym roof repaired. The school district has replaced the high school gym floor after the leaky roof damaged it.

In its grant application, the school district asked for $299,750 and proposed to contribute the remaining $182,000 needed for the repairs itself through its regular budget process.

That division equals a 38 percent local match to the grant request, usually a strong selling point with the energy impact advisory board.



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