OXFORD, CT — The state has approved $1.88 million to improve Great Oak Elementary School’s air filtration system. This funding is part of $56 million in state grants for public schools throughout Connecticut to upgrade HVAC systems.
“Young learners and educators alike need an environment that supports their health and safety,” Sen. Eric Berthel (R-Watertown) said in a statement. “There is no more basic element to this environment than the air they breathe. I applaud the administration’s shared awareness of this crucial matter and the efforts to enhance indoor air quality in Oxford. This investment in clean and safe air quality will promote a healthier environment, fewer missed days from school and better learning outcomes for our students, teachers, and staff.”
Berthel is the ranking member of the Legislature’s Education Committee.
The grants are being awarded through thefor Public Schools, a newly established state program that is administered by the Connecticut Department of Administrative Services. The grant program was created as part of the budget adjustment bill that Governor Lamont signed into law last year.
The program has been allocated $150 million through two revenue streams, including $75 million from state bond funding and $75 million from the state’s share of federal American Rescue Plan Act funds.