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 Commission’s 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 don’t 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.

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