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Pentagon cutting checks worth $47 million to replace schools at JBLM

Post by Adam Ashton / The News Tribune on June 25, 2012 at 11:29 am with 3 Comments »
June 26, 2012 9:47 am

The Defense Department is releasing $47 million to replace two schools on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Rep. Norm Dicks, D-Tacoma, announced today. It’s the first part of a major renovation of the base’s elementary schools that will replace a  total of six campuses that are operated by Clover Park School District.

The money comes from a $250 million fund Dicks helped create two years ago after a Pentagon study showed dozens of substandard schools on military installations all over the country.

George Behan, Dicks’ spokesman, said the money will come in time for Clover Park to break ground on the schools next month. Dicks said Undersecretary of the Army Joseph Westphal plans to attend the July 30 groundbreaking.

Clover Park is to receive $22.5 million from the Pentagon to replace Hillside School. The state is providing another $10.5 million. The school will house 650 children.

The district is to receive another $24 million from the Defense Department to construct a new Carter Lake School. The state is allocating $7.1 million for that project. It will have a capacity of 500 students.

The other four schools in line for funding are Beachwood, Clarkmoor, Evergreen and Greenwood.

“I feel very positive it’s going to happen,” said Dicks, who is retiring from Congress this year. “It’s very exciting to get it started on my watch.”

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  1. bkeyport1970 says:

    nice, those schools are all way too old to be functional… it’s pretty bad that the best thing in a couple of those schools is the portables.

  2. SPanaway1 says:

    Bravo! Thanks for thinking of the soldiers children too! My district has been upgrading as many school as possible. I think we’re at about 50% now. With all the new electronic teaching tools and energy saving devices, it’s very cost effective and beneficial to get this done… not to mention th epride element.

  3. Chippert says:

    Too bad they won’t also cut a check to mitigate the effect that the increased population at JBLM has had on traffic. I-5 continues to be a major mess, costing thousands of lost hours each day in the traffic backups.

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