On the same day that officials at the U.S. Department of Education released resources for school officials to use so they can improve ventilation systems to slow the spread of COVID-19 in classrooms, U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-NH, took a tour of Somersworth Middle School.

Hassan was concerned earlier this year when she learned that officials at the school were having trouble using federal funding to improve their ventilation systems.

She is relieved the issue has now been resolved.

“I was glad to work with Somersworth School District and state and federal partners to resolve this issue so that they could use this funding, and it was great to see the progress that the district has already made in installing their new air ventilation system,” Hassan said in a statement.

Lori Lane, superintendent of Somersworth School District, is grateful to Hassan for taking action so that New Hampshire school districts can use federal funding for new air systems.

“Our new HVAC system will help ensure that we are better protected against the spread of COVID-19 and it was a pleasure to show Senator Hassan the progress we’ve made already," Lane said.

Hassan, along with the rest of the Congressional delegation, called on officials at the U.S. Department of Education in June to work with state officials to ensure schools could relief funding for construction projects.

Contact Managing News Editor Kimberley Haas at Kimberley.Haas@townsquaremedia.com.

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