BETHEL – SAD 44 will soon have a generator that will allow Telstar Middle/High School to provide greater safety for people during an emergency.

Superintendent David Murphy said Monday that the district received word late last week that a $116,500 Homeland Security grant, through the Maine Emergency Management Agency, has been approved.

The SAD 44 board must accept the money, which they had planned to do at Monday’s board meeting. That meeting was canceled because of the stormy weather. The item will come up at the board’s Jan. 28 meeting.

The high school complex has been an emergency shelter for several years, but until now has not had a generator.

“This will enable us to keep functioning,” Murphy said. “We’re really excited because our space is a lot more viable.”

He said the powerful generator, expected to be installed in late spring or early summer, can also be used when electricity fails at the school. He said it is strong enough to keep the kitchen going so meals can be served.

The grant application was written by Murphy and curriculum coordinator Lee Graham with the assistance of Oxford County Emergency Management Director Scott Parker.

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