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The state has re-confirmed that the Lopez Island School District has been awarded the full $727,804 energy grant for which it applied. It was announced previously that the District had been awarded the full amount, but then the state determined that there were possible scoring anomalies in the process of reviewing the 54 applications and it was determined that the whole process would be placed under review.

Applicant districts were placed on notice of the unfortunate need for review and Lopez School immediately shared that information with the community.

The review has been completed and the Lopez School District learned on April 3 that it was once again successful in its grant application. The District received the following notice on that date from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI):

"A new team, independent of the original scoring team, gathered and did a program review and an extensive review of all 54 applications and the original scoring. The additional review found no change to the score awarded to the Lopez Island School District application. Your district has successfully been awarded a preliminary energy grant award in the amount of $727,804."

The District will be incorporating this energy grant work into, and applying required matching funds from the bond upon which the community is currently voting. If the bond fails the energy grant will go away, along with significant portions of other grant monies that have, together with the energy grant, totaled over $1 million dollars in funding assistance the District has sought and received to help offset costs of its proposed bond-funded school remodel and renovation projects.

"We knew all along that we had a solid energy grant application, and we are very pleased that the state has re-confirmed our award, " stated Superintendent Bill Evans. "If the proposed bond proceeds become available by voter approval, we will be able to move forward toward greater cost-saving energy efficiences and reduced environmental impact upon our island."

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