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(WBIR, Clinton) - Anderson County Schools will be getting a much needed multi-million dollar update soon.

On Friday, the district held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the $9.7 million energy efficiency and building modernization project.

The 17 schools in the district will receive energy improvements including new windows, energy efficient lighting, upgrades to heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems, among other things.

The director of schools says taxes will not increase as a result of this project. Larry Foster says the savings from the energy reduction will more than pay for the implementation.

Foster adds this project is much needed, and it will improve the quality and the safety of the learning environment in the schools.