Federal grant program
Three Buena Vista County school districts are the recipients of a total of $62,050 in Flood, Life and Safety Grants through the Harkin Grants program in order to make needed repairs to their schools.
Albert City-Truesdale will receive a total of $25,000 to install alarm stations with horns and bells at the K-12 school building in Albert City, Alta will receive $13,500 to replace 10 doors and frames at the high school and elementary school with new fire-rated doors, and Newell-Fonda will use a $23,550 grant to remove old wood paneling and replace it with a new layer of sheetrock in both the elementary and high schools.
Other area Harkin Grant schools include Aurelia, which is receiving $26,820 to install new doors and frames with panic hardware in the district building, Laurens-Marathon, which is receiving $50,000 to replace emergency lighting, exits and doors in the K-12 building, and Wall Lake View Auburn, which is receiving $50,000 to update the entire fire alarm system at the elementary, junior high and high school buildings.
The Harkin Grant program is a national model designed to show that a modest infusion of federal resources can contribute to the repair needs of school districts across the state. A total of $50 million in federal grants has been allocated to 188 school districts in Iowa this year to boost fire safety and modernization in schools.