The $5.535 million in funds will go to renovate and improve school roofs, HVAC systems, and electrical updates. – 5.5 Million Dollar Infrastructure Grant Awarded Cullman County Schools

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5.5 Million Dollar Infrastructure Grant Awarded Cullman County Schools

Cullman County Schools, in partnership with Cullman Savings Bank and Merchants Bank, has been awarded 5.535 million in QZAB funds to renovate and improve school roofs, HVAC and electrical updates at the following schools:

★ Cullman Area Technology Academy
★ Cullman Child Development Center
★ Fairview High School
★ Good Hope High School
★ Hanceville High School
★ Hanceville Middle School
★ Vinemont High School
★ Welti Elementary School
★ West Point Elementary School

The funds are provided through the Federal Government’s Qualified Zone Academy Bond (QZAB) program. They support improvements to school facilities in communities where there is significant participation (over 35%) in the Free and Reduced Meals Program.

The funds are allocated through the State Department based on applications.


5.5 Million Dollar Infrastructure Grant Awarded Cullman County Schools

John Riley, President and CEO of Cullman Savings Bank; Shane Barnette, Superintendent of Cullman County Schools; and Steve Glasscock, CEO and Chairman of Merchants Bank

Cullman County School Superintendent Shane Barnett expressed appreciation immediately after the grant was awarded:

“I am so thankful and excited about this QZAB project and our local partnerships. I really appreciate Dr. Franey’s efforts in spearheading this project which will greatly benefit Cullman County Schools. These QZAB funds will allow us to complete projects that are listed on our Capital Plan up to 2020.”

The program requires a 10% match or in-kind contribution from businesses and private sector entities. This match is being met through services and/or donations from various community partners which include:

• 4-D Farm
• Bethlehem West Baptist Church – Blessings in a Backpack
• Center Hill Baptist Church
• Cullman Area Chamber of Commerce
• Cullman Area Workforce Solutions
• Cullman Savings Bank
• Cullman Regional Medical Center
• Desperation Church
• First Baptist Church in Hanceville
• First Methodist Church in Hanceville – Knap Sack for Kids
• Hanceville Civitan
• Hanceville Culture Club
• Hanceville Lions Club
• Peoples Bank of Alabama
• Pleasant Grove Methodist Church
• Rehau Automotive, LLC
• Stouts Mountain Baptist Church
• Temple Baptist Church
• The Link of Cullman County, Inc.
• Trinity Lutheran Church
• Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS)
• Wal-Mart
• Welti PTO
• West Point First Baptist
• West Point Baptist Church

Superintendent Barnett concluded by saying:

“We are very appreciative to the State Department, Cullman Savings Bank, Merchants Bank and all of our community partners for their efforts in securing the QZAB funds that will provide much needed renovations to our schools.”

5.5 Million Dollar Infrastructure Grant Awarded Cullman County Schools

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