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Construction Assistance Awards Announced
$185 million to be injected into state economy for local school projects

OLYMPIA — July 16, 2013 — Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn today announced the release of more than $185 million in capital construction money – made available by the legislature and approved by the Governor – to school districts throughout the state. The money, coupled with nearly $366 million in local school district funds generally available by capital bonds approved by voters in communities, will bring more than $551 million into the state’s economy through school construction.

“This money serves two basic and necessary functions,” Dorn said. “It helps improves our schools across the state, which helps our students. And it puts people to work, which helps the economy. I appreciate that the Legislature and Gov. Inslee helped make this happen.”

A total of 16 districts are ready to begin or continue work on 21 new school buildings and school modernization projects.

The school districts funded this year are: Auburn, Bellingham, Blaine, Central Kitsap, Clover Park, College Place, Everett, Evergreen, Grand Coulee Dam, Olympia, Ridgefield, Selah, Spokane, Sunnyside, Tacoma and Woodland.

Approval for funding was determined by a number of factors, including specific school district criteria regarding enrollments, assessed property values, and existing inventory. Details of the application process can be found in the School Facilities Manual.

The state’s school construction assistance program also includes approximately $767,000, which will fund public art allocations for new facilities.

For more information on school construction projects, visit School Facilities (OSPI).


About OSPI
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is the primary agency charged with overseeing K–12 education in Washington state. Led by State School Superintendent Randy Dorn, OSPI works with the state’s 295 school districts and nine educational service districts to administer basic education programs and implement education reform on behalf of more than one million public school students.

OSPI provides equal access to all programs and services without discrimination based on sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. Questions and complaints of alleged discrimination should be directed to the Equity and Civil Rights Director at (360) 725-6162 or P.O. Box 47200, Olympia, WA 98504-7200.

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Nathan Olson
OSPI Communications Manager
(360) 725-6015

The OSPI Communications Office serves as the central point of contact for local, regional and national media covering K-12 education issues.

Communications Manager
Nathan Olson
(360) 725-6015


   Updated 7/16/2013

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