The U.S. Department of Defense’s (DOD) Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) has awarded a $40 million grant to Clover Park School District (CPSD) to rebuild Evergreen Elementary School on Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM).
CPSD will manage the construction of the new school. Funding from the OEA grant will be supplemented with funding from Washington state’s school construction assistance program. Evergreen Elementary School serves more than 500 students in grades kindergarten through fifth as well as preschoolers.
Funding for the grant is provided under OEA’s Public Schools on Military Installations Program. OEA, in making these funds available, must give priority consideration to those military installations with schools having the most serious capacity or facility condition deficiencies, as determined by the priority list. A multi-disciplined federal evaluation team, with membership from the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, the military services, U.S. Department of Education, and OEA reviewed the school projects to ensure the awards appropriately address the noted capacity and facility condition deficiencies.
“We are extremely excited to receive the news that funding to replace the sixth and final school on JBLM is approved,” said Debbie LeBeau, CPSD Superintendent. “These school construction projects would not have been possible without the advocacy and determination of Senator Patty Murray, Congressman Denny Heck (and before him Congressman Norm Dicks) and Congressman Adam Smith. They wanted to ensure that military dependents have state of the art learning environments to go along with the high quality instruction provided by our teachers. Evergreen is a very special school serving students with disabilities that requires specialized instructional spaces. Updated technology, classroom spaces and improved access for physically-challenged students will greatly improve the quality of education for our students. We thank Senator Murray, Congressmen Heck, Smith and former Congressmen Dicks. Families and students on JBLM appreciate their dedication to the military community.”
Previous school construction projects on JBLM include Hillside Elementary School, Carter Lake Elementary School, Beachwood Elementary School, Meriwether Elementary School and Rainier Elementary School.
Beachwood Elementary School opens Wednesday, Sept 2 for the first day of school for the 2015-16 school year.