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Paradise Unified School District receives $6 million grant for generators

One Northern California school district has been given a grant to buy essential equipment designed to help keep kids learning even during emergencies.

Posted: Aug 14, 2020 11:47 AM

PARADISE, Calif. - One Northern California school district has been given a grant to buy essential equipment designed to help keep kids learning even during emergencies.

The superintendent for Paradise Unified School District tells Action News Now the plan is to use that grant money to purchase generators.

If there were a PG&E power shutoff - that could mean a disruption to virtual learning.

Recently - the school district received a $6 million grant from the U.S Department of Agriculture to buy generators for its campuses.

Action News Now met with superintendent Tom Taylor - he says that dollar amount does not cover the entire district but the money will help.

"There are two parts to it, being sure that we don't lose everything in our freezers. Which can be very costly. $50,000 to $75,000 a day something like that if we lose food. And also having school ready for our staff and our students," Taylor said.

Taylor adds - the main use for these generators will be to power schools in Magalia which experience snow days.

Currently, the school has three scheduled make up days in the current academic school year.

Last year the Paradise Unified School District used six days because of PG&E power shutoffs.

The school had to apply for waivers for three additional days.

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