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Lodi-area schools to get funding for energy efficiency planning

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Posted: Thursday, November 21, 2013 12:00 am

Four Lodi Unified School District schools are among dozens throughout California that will share more than $106 million — the first round of funding under voter-approved Proposition 39 — to help them begin planning new energy efficiency projects around the state, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced Wednesday.

In Lodi, Joe Serna Jr. Charter School will receive $103,390, while Rio Valley Charter School anticipates $109,188. The district will get about $1.4 million. The other LUSD campuses are located in North Stockton.

Other area schools to receive funding include:

  • $103,700 for Galt Joint Union High School District.
  • $181,418 for Galt Joint Union Elementary School District.
  • $107,192 for Arcohe Union Elementary School in Herald.
  • $106,274 for Oak View Union School District in Acampo.

Voters passed Proposition 39, the California Clean Energy Jobs Act, in Nov. 2012. It allocates revenue to local educational agencies to support energy efficiency and alternative energy projects, along with related improvements and repairs that contribute to reduced operating costs and improved health and safety conditions in public schools, according to a news release.

Over five years, Proposition 39 will direct about $2.5 billion to fund projects by California’s K-12 public schools, charter schools, county offices of education and community colleges.

This first round of funding is specifically dedicated to planning. There will be a second application period for planning funds early next year.

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