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IID Board Awards $68,300 to Local School Districts

Calexico gets $5,900 and Holtville gets $1,000 from Special Projects Grant Program

During its Tuesday, April 6 meeting, the Imperial Irrigation District Board of Directors awarded $68,300 to 17 Imperial Valley school districts for 2021-2022 through its Special Projects Grant Program, according to a district press release.

“We’re pleased to see the Special Projects Grant Program continue to support our communities and our children,” stated Jim Hanks, IID board president, in the press release. “These grants are such a wonderful investment in helping to keep our school districts whole.”

IID acquired nearly 42,000 acres of Western Farms land in 2004 and subsequently developed the Special Projects Grant Program, in conjunction with the Imperial County Office of Education, allowing the district to make in-lieu payments equal to the property taxes that would have been paid by a non-public entity owner, the release states.

The funding grants were made to the school districts based upon the acreage of Western Farms land inventory owned by IID located within the boundaries of the school districts.

The recipients of the 2021-2022 IID Special Projects Grant Program are:

  • Brawley Elementary School District, $1,000
  • Seeley Union School District, $1,000
  • Westmorland Union Elementary School District, $1,000
  • San Pasqual Valley Unified School District, $1,000
  • Meadows Union School District, $1,000
  • Heber Elementary School District, $1,000
  • El Centro Elementary School District, $1,000
  • Central Union High School District, $2,300
  • McCabe Elementary School District, $2,700
  • Magnolia Union Elementary School District, $1,000
  • Calexico Unified School District, $5,900
  • Mulberry Elementary School District, $5,200
  • Holtville Unified School District, $1,000
  • Brawley Union High School District, $6,200
  • Imperial Unified School District, $1,000
  • Calipatria Unified School District, $33,200
  • Imperial County Office of Education, $2,800