Merkley, Wyden Announce Almost $500,000 in ARRA funding for Pendleton School District

Washington D.C. – U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) announced today that the U.S. Department of Education has recently awarded the Pendleton School District $446,000 in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds to make improvements to Lincoln Primary School.

 “These ARRA funds will not only put local contractors to work but it will help make necessary improvements to the Lincoln Primary School that have been neglected in the past, due to insufficient funds,” said Merkley. “This is another example of how ARRA funds are continuing to impact our local communities, both improving the economy and the educational system for our children.”

“Projects like this are at the heart of the ARRA,” Wyden said. “They provide local contractors with good paying jobs, improve the working conditions for students and teachers, and  will help lay the groundwork for a more prosperous and safe learning environment. These funds will make a difference for a lot of people in Pendleton.”

The grant awarded to the Pendleton School District will make necessary improvements to the Lincoln Primary School including replacing the flooring and removing the single pane windows and replacing with upgraded energy efficient windows and replacing the current HVAC system. Currently, the facility contains loose and exposed asbestos tile, windows that are painted with lead paint, and a 1975 HVAC system that does not meet current air quality standards.