Green High-Performing Public Schools Facilities Act
The 21st Century Green High-Performing Public Schools Facilities Act passed in Congress, which will provide funding for energy efficient investments in Tampa Bay area schools. Schools can use the money to make classrooms more energy efficient and to update science labs, libraries and technical education facilities.
In a release, U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Tampa said “Buildings, classrooms and educational technology will be updated. The goal is to provide modern classroom environments that prepare students for careers in the 21st century”.
The Green High-Performing Public Schools Facilities Act should create approximately 136,000 jobs around the country.
Hillsborough County schools are expected to receive a $19.1 million grant through the legislation. Manatee County schools are slated to receive about $4 million and Pinellas County schools nearly $11.5 million.
Money provided by the bill would be in addition to the $1.8 billion now available for Florida schools under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the release said.