Heating bills for school districts spiked during the cold snap earlier this year, leaving some districts unable to pay.
The Kansas News Service reports that in a typical February, the small Wabaunsee school district just west of Topeka pays a natural gas utility bill of about $4,300.
This year its bill was more than $53,000.
Wabaunsee is just one of hundreds of school districts in Kansas hit by an huge spike in wholesale natural gas prices during February’s record-setting winter storm.
During the height of the storm, the wholesale natural gas price went from about $2.50 per unit to more than $650 per unit.
State officials are now using $20 million to open up loans to school districts and businesses.
School districts and businesses can get as much as $500,000 to be paid back within three years.