BOSTON – State Senator Jason Lewis and State Representatives Steve Ultrino, Paul Donato and Kate Lipper-Garabedian are pleased to announce that the Malden Public Schools have received a $1.3 million grant from the state to improve ventilation and indoor air quality to support healthy learning environments. This funding was made available by the state legislature using money from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) that was signed into law by President Joe Biden in 2021. School districts are strongly encouraged to focus on efficient, environmentally friendly HVAC and air quality technologies when planning their upgrades.
“Children struggle to learn in unhealthy environments,” said Senator Lewis. “I’m very pleased that this grant funding will help the Malden public schools to make ventilation and air quality improvements that will make these schools greener and healthier for our students and teachers.”
“This grant funding will allow for critical improvements to Malden Public Schools’ air quality filtration systems,” said Representative Donato. “We must always ensure that our students, teachers, and staff are learning, teaching, and working in a safe environment.”
“I was glad to vote for this grant opportunity in the legislature’s COVID-19 recovery law, empowering Malden Public Schools to be eligible for $1.3 million to improve ventilation and indoor air quality,” said Representative Lipper-Garabedian. “We know that air quality and circulation is a critical component for protecting health. As a former public school teacher, I’ve seen firsthand how physical learning environments directly impact student success and outcomes.”
“Every student in Massachusetts has the right to breathe clean air,” said Representative Ultrino. “A silver lining from the Covid-19 pandemic is that we know more now about the importance of HVAC systems and what good ventilation can mean for community health. I’m thankful that communities like Malden now have state funding to leverage to make sure our schools stay safe and healthy for all students.”