MURPHYSBORO – The Murphysboro school district will begin improvements to the middle school starting this summer thanks to a one million dollar loan.
Egyptian Electric Cooperative Association (EECA) alongside Murphysboro CUSD #186 secured a zero-percent interest loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant (REDLG) program. Murphysboro Middle School has more than 400 students enrolled and more than 50 faculty members on staff.
“The school district is excited to have secured this interest-free loan,” Chris Grode, superintendent for Murphysboro CUSD, said. “This will assist the district in making the best use of the county facility sales tax dollars.”
The loan will assist the school with several improvement projects. The HVAC project includes asbestos abatement, plus there will be ceiling, lighting and electrical upgrades. The funds will additionally support the transition from a hot water radiator system to a variable refrigerant flow system.