LCRA, City of Lockhart award $12,687 grant for school track upgrades

Updated lighting and security will enhance Lockhart High School’s community walking track

Dec. 3, 2018

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An LCRA representative presents a $12,687 grant to Lockhart ISD for energy-efficient lighting and security features at the high school’s walking track. The grant is part of LCRA’s Community Development Partnership Program. Pictured, from left to right, are: Dr. Stephanie Camarillo, Lockhart ISD assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction; Mark Estrada, superintendent; Adam Galvin, assistant superintendent of operations and technology; Kim Brents, deputy superintendent; and Rick Arnic, LCRA Governmental Affairs representative.

A popular community walking track adjacent to Lions Stadium will receive energy-efficient lighting and new security features thanks to a $12,687 community development grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority and the City of Lockhart.

The Community Development Partnership Program grant, along with $3,171 in matching contributions, will allow the Lockhart Independent School District to equip the track with LED fixtures and add a light pole, three security cameras and two emergency phones.

“The walking track is used both day and night by members of our community, and the existing light poles are grossly energy inefficient," said Lee Raspberry, Lockhart ISD director of maintenance.

The grant will allow the district to replace 12 light fixtures with 150-watt LED fixtures and add one light pole with four new fixtures. Lockhart ISD anticipates the lighting will reduce energy consumption at the track by about 60 percent. The new lighting, along with the security cameras and emergency phones, will provide security at the track and in the adjacent parking area.

“We have a very tightknit community, and the community contributes a lot to what we do at Lockhart ISD,” Raspberry said. “This is a good opportunity for us in our own small way to return the favor."

The community grant is one of a number of grants recently awarded through LCRA’s Community Development Partnership Program. The program provides economic development and community assistance grants to cities, counties, volunteer fire departments, regional development councils and other nonprofit organizations in LCRA’s wholesale electric and water service areas. The program is part of LCRA’s effort to give back to the communities it serves. The City of Lockhart is one of LCRA’s wholesale electric customers and a partner in the grant program.

Applications for the next round of grants will be accepted Jan. 1-31, 2019. More information is available at

About LCRA
The Lower Colorado River Authority serves customers and communities throughout Texas by managing the lower Colorado River; generating and transmitting electric power; providing a clean, reliable water supply; and offering access to nature at more than 40 parks, recreation areas and river access sites along the Texas Colorado River, from the Hill Country to the Gulf Coast. LCRA and its employees are committed to enhancing the lives of Texans through water stewardship, energy and community services. LCRA was created by the Texas Legislature in 1934. For more information, visit

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