Blattner Energy Announces $5 Million Challenge Grant for Albany Area Schools
Blattner Energy, a power generation contractor and leading provider of renewable energy construction in North America, announced a $5 million matching grant toward the potential expansion of Albany Area Schools and new community center. Blattner Energy will match other donors’ donations dollar-for-dollar, up to $5 million.
Albany Area Schools are currently facing capacity challenges due to a growing enrollment, including a lack of classroom space, science labs and gym space. The early discussions for expansion include additional classrooms, career and technical services, more science labs, safety and security enhancements, as well as a gathering area, field house and walking track that would be open to the entire community year-round for events, recreation and meetings.
“As a business that regularly recruits new employees to the area, we were thrilled to learn of the district’s expansion plans and we are honored to help make them a reality,” said Scott Blattner, president of Blattner Energy. “We are grateful for God’s gifts and believe our success as a company must be leveraged to make a difference in the world around us. We are happy to be able to make an impact in this community that so many of our employees call home.”
“We are extremely grateful for the generosity and partnership of Blattner Energy,” said Greg Johnson, superintendent of Albany Area Schools. “The impact from these improvements will reach far beyond our students and their families; the entire Albany area community will benefit from expanded facilities that support a 21st century education, a community gathering and wellness space, and graduates who are better prepared to enter the workforce.”
In order for the challenge grant to be awarded, voters must support the school facility improvements by approving the continuation of a 20-year bond that is due to expire in 2015. The vote is being discussed for later this year.