The Athena-Weston School District is pleased to announce that it was chosen by the Oregon Department of Education to receive a matching grant of $4 million under the First in Time grants. The district was the first one to be drawn in the lottery grants; only six school districts in the state received commitment of funds. The grant money is contingent on the school district passing a General Obligation Bond this May.
“We are extremely happy that our district is eligible to receive this grant. It’s a great boost to our efforts of getting our bond passed this May and making some great improvements to schools in both of our communities,” said Jim Reger, interim superintendent for the Athena-Weston School District.
The First in Time grants were announced on January 26 by ODE. The grants are part of the Oregon School Capital Improvement Matching Program (OSCIM) under Senate Bill 447. The primary goal of SB 447 is to encourage communities to pass local school district General Obligation (GO) bonds to address the deferred maintenance problems present in Oregon’s schools.
For more information on the grants and a list of district recipients, visit the ODE website at: