Mapleton School District awarded $2.9 million seismic grant

Mapleton School District has received $2.9 million in grant funding from Business Oregon to rehabilitate Mapleton Elementary School and Mapleton High School to better prepare and withstand a major earthquake.

Business Oregon, the state’s economic development agency awarded 100 grants totaling $125,000,000 to Oregon schools and colleges. Other Lane County districts included in this round of granting were Junction City School District (Oaklea Middle School $1,499,565), Lowell School District (Lundy Elementary $1,334,280) and South Lane (Lincoln Middle School $2,164,130).

Mapleton Elementary School received $1,409,104 for retrofit projects including installing new shear walls, anchor bolts, roof sheathing and straps, and infilling the existing soft story. Mapleton High School received $1,500,000 million for retrofit projects including installing new shear walls, anchor blots, and removing the existing glass block windows.  Blocking and additional edge nailing in the High School gymnasium will also increase the capacity of the existing unblocked diaphragm.

Since passing a $4 million general obligation bond in May 2016 (and receiving the matching $4 million grant from the state of Oregon) Mapleton School District continued to seek additional funding. The seismic grant will allow the district to increase the scope of the planned bond projects to include costly seismic improvements. In addition to the seismic grant the district has also received $75,000 in grant funds from USDA and ODE for other construction projects.