U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development California State Director Kim Dolbow Vann highlighted today a new partnership with Plumas Alternative Learning Services in Plumas County to build a new facility for the Quincy-based charter school.
“This project is a great example of USDA’s commitment to improve the foundations of our rural communities,” said Vann. “Through this partnership, Plumas Charter School will have a modern, centralized home where they can continue to offer students a quality education.”
USDA Rural Development is assisting Plumas Alternative Learning Services, known as Plumas Charter School, with a $2.4 million loan to construct a new school. In operation since 1998, the charter school leased space from the local school district until it became unavailable earlier this year. As a result, Plumas Charter School had to spread out into three different leased locations creating inefficiencies. This loan will be used to construct a consolidated school site of more than 14,000 square feet of space for classrooms, multi-purpose spaces and administrative offices.
More than 100 types of projects are eligible for Community Facilities funding. Eligible applicants include municipalities, public bodies, nonprofit organizations and federally and state-recognized Native American tribes. Applicants and projects must be in rural areas with a population of 20,000 or less.
USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov/ca or follow on Twitter, @CaliforniaRD.