County Supervisor Dianne Jacob obtained the support of her colleagues to use $59,061 from her District Two Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget for a grant to the Mountain Empire Unified School District for improvements at two MEUSD schools.
The supervisors’ 5-0 vote Jan. 14 allocated the funding which will replace the existing lights at the Mountain Empire High School sports field with light-emitting diode bulbs and help construct a walking and jogging fitness path at Pine Valley Middle School.
The Neighborhood Reinvestment Program is intended to provide grants to non-profit organizations for the furtherance of public purposes at the regional and community levels.
The grant for the lights will allow the Mountain Empire High School students to have competitions and other recreational activity during the evening hours. The walking and jogging fitness path will include specially-designed pathway and fitness equipment and is intended to encourage Pine Valley Middle School students to exercise.
Each county supervisor recommends the allocation of his or her Neighborhood Reinvestment Program funds, although those allocations must be approved by a majority of the board.