The Mason Independent School District will be able to install energy-efficient and emergency lighting in schools with the help of a community development grant.
LCRA and the City of Mason provided the $25,000 grant to help replace the high school’s fluorescent lamps and incandescent bulbs, installed in 1976, with more energy-efficient lights. The grant will also help Mason ISD purchase and install emergency lighting fixtures, and battery backup lighting for the elementary and junior high campuses.
“These upgrades will be more economical, saving tax dollars, and the emergency lighting will make our campus safer for students and staff in the event of power outages,” said Pam Kruse, Mason ISD superintendent. “Over the past three years, Mason ISD has been making energy efficiency improvements to help the district meet its long-range energy plan. These funds will help provide very important upgrades for our schools and the children, and we are very grateful for this contribution.”
Mason ISD provides facilities for the community, such as an auditorium, gymnasium, classrooms, libraries, tennis courts, cafeteria and a track. The school district also has hosted University Interscholastic League academic meets, banquets, adult learning classes, community meetings, flu shot clinics, basketball playoff tournaments, tennis tournaments, track meets and church dinners. It has also served as the location for the Department of State Health Services dispensation for Mason County.
The community grant is one of a number of grants recently awarded through LCRA’s Community Development Partnership Program. The program provides economic development and community assistance grants to cities, counties, volunteer fire departments, regional development councils and nonprofit organizations in LCRA’s electric and water service areas. The program is part of LCRA’s effort to give back to the communities it serves. The City of Mason is one of LCRA’s 43 wholesale electric customers and a partner in the grant program.