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 January 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. In addition to non-profit organizations, county supervisors can also fund schools and fire departments, and supervisors can also use money from their budgets to supplement other county funding for specific county projects such as parks, roads, and libraries. 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.
The Mountain Empire Unified School District was founded in 1923. Mountain Empire High School currently has an enrollment of approximately 400 students.