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D65 get $1M state capital grant

Evanston/Skokie School District 65 has been awarded a $1 million grant from the state for life safety and energy efficiency capital improvements at schools across the district.


Evanston/Skokie School District 65 has been awarded a $1 million grant from the state for life safety and energy efficiency capital improvements at schools across the district.

The grant is scheduled to be formally announced Monday at a ceremony at Kingsley Elementary School.

Assistant State Senate Majority Leader Jeff Schoenberg of Evanston says, “Like everyone else, our area’s schools have been adversely affected by these tough economic times.”

District 65, he said, is under financial constraints that have made funding life safety and energy efficiency capital improvement projects increasingly difficult, and the state grant “is an important step forward toward completing these critical capital projects.”

Schoenberg said the funding will also help boost area employment as the district moves to accelerate its timetable for finishing the work.

School officials say the funding will help offset the cost of replacing antiquated boilers to improve energy efficiency by 13 percent. New water heaters will improve energy efficiency by 15 percent.

District 65 also will be installing several energy recovery units at schools along with new windows that will enhance heat retention in the winter and air conditioning retention in the summer.

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