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School district returns art money
When the new Coupeville High School was built, there was money given by a state agency for the purchase of a public art piece.
The Coupeville School District received $8,216 from the Washington State Art Commissions Art in Public Places program. However, the cheapest art piece the Coupeville School District could purchase would cost the school district more than $30,000.
Not willing to make up the $22,000 difference, school officials decided to send the money back. It turns out the school district was only eligible to purchase art from a certain list of artists.
It bothers me that they give you the money but dont let you spend it, Superintendent Patty Page said during a recent school board meeting. She said the school district will give the money back and then write a grant application.