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Fund Awards Grants To 16 School Causes

DALLAS -- The Dallas Education Fund has awarded 16 grants to teachers in the Dallas School District to pay for items such as classroom supplies, field trips, club projects, workout videos and library

DALLAS -- The Dallas Education Fund has awarded 16 grants to teachers in the Dallas School District to pay for items such as classroom supplies, field trips, club projects, workout videos and library books.

The grants will go to schools throughout the district: six to Dallas High School, three each at Morrison and LaCreole Middle School, two at Whitworth Elementary School, and one each at Oakdale Heights Elementary School and Luckiamute Valley Charter School.

Lisa Borja, president of the Dallas Education Fund, said 35 grant applications were submitted and a committee narrowed them down to 16, amounting to $5,006.65.

The largest grant was for $500, while the smallest request was for $120.

The Dallas School Board on Monday, Nov. 14, also heard good news about its school buildings. The second summer of bond-funded repair and upgrade work finished in September. Major projects included structural work and siding replacement at Gallapsy Stadium, heating system upgrades at Lyle and Whitworth elementary schools and LaCreole Middle School, and plumbing upgrades in all buildings except the district office.

Dallas Superintendent Christy Perry highlighted the district's receipt of energy upgrade incentives, amounting to $1.3 million. That money, combined with bond funds, allowed the district to install energy-efficient boilers, improve insulation and upgrade heating system controls.

The district projects the upgrades may save up to $83,000 per year in energy costs.

Perry also recognized the work of the Citizens' Advisory Committee, which reviewed and prioritized bond projects. She said the committee's diligence helped the district save money.

"We have an additional $600,000 left to spend and have already gotten through the big stuff," she said.

In other business, the board:

* Will not hold its regular evening meeting on Monday, Nov. 28. The board will instead hold a work session at Lyle Elementary School on Nov. 28 at 3 p.m.

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