While in Washington D.C., for the National Association of Federally Impacted Schools conference, Clover Park School District (CPSD) Superintendent Debbie LeBeau, Board Member Joe Vlaming, and Administrator for Business Services and Capitol Projects Ray Miller, recently visited U.S. Senators Patty Murray (pictured above) and Maria Cantwell and U.S. Representatives Norm Dicks and Adam Smith along with other members of the state delegation. The purpose of the visits was to continue to emphasize the benefits of the Department of Education (DoE) Impact Aid funding and the Department of Defense (DoD) Impact Aid Supplement.
DoE Impact Aid is the second oldest federal education program and was in existence prior to the Elementary/Secondary Education Act (ESEA). DoD Impact Aid is not an ongoing funding source and must be introduced each session. In addition to emphasizing the importance of continued Impact Aid funding, district officials thanked our state delegation for their support of the schools and military-connected families — especially those on Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM). As a token of the district’s gratitude, LeBeau, Vlaming, and Miller presented each legislator with a framed photograph of military families holding a thank you banner. The photograph also featured the district logo and the logos of the six elementary schools on JBLM.
CPSD administrators have been strategically working with these legislators for more than five years to create and fund a plan to rebuild and renovate the schools on JBLM. The fiscal year 2011 House Department of Defense Appropriations Budget, championed by Chairman Norm Dicks, contains $250 million in construction funding for schools located on military bases, operated by the local educational agency (LEA), and owned by the federal government. (The bill must be approved by the entire House and the Senate must pass its own version before it is
finalized in conference committee.)
The plan calls for replacing Clarkmoor and Greenwood Elementary Schools with one new, 650-person capacity school and building a new 450-person capacity (with the capability for expansion) school at a new site on JBLM Lewis-North to accommodate the housing unit growth. Beachwood and Hillside Elementary Schools would be replaced with new 650-person capacity facilities and Carter Lake and Heartwood Elementary Schools would be consolidated into one new 650-person capacity facility on JBLM McChord Field.