School Funding

Thompson School District Receives 2 BEST Grants – Loveland Reporter-Herald


The Colorado Department of Education awarded two Building Excellent Schools Today grants to the Thompson School District, totaling nearly $ 5.8 million.

The largest, $ 5.2 million, will help fund renovations to transform Conrad Ball Middle School into a Kindergarten to Grade 8 school and consolidate it with Mary Blair and Monroe Elementary Schools. District officials announced the grant last week.

The second grant, announced by the state this week, is $ 591,754.51 to boost ventilation projects at several schools in the district. The grant will be matched with nearly $ 1.5 million already set aside for the modernization of several schools to enable the district to do more with its bond funding.

“This grant will help subsidize the costs of repairing, installing and replacing ventilation systems and components to assist with ventilation,” according to a memo to the school board about the grant application.

Building Excellent Schools Today is a competitive grant program from the Colorado Department of Education that is funded by several sources, including an excise tax on sales of marijuana. This week, the state announced 41 grants totaling $ 296.9 million, including two to Thompson.

The state will also provide another set of grants as part of a pool of money available in response to COVID-19 and the challenges it has presented to schools, targeting improved ventilation and filtration systems. Department of Education staff recommended the Thompson School District for the $ 670,494 they requested as part of this process, but the price is not yet official.


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