Construction Assistance Awards
OLYMPIA — July 12, 2012 — Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn today announced that more than $213 million in capital construction money made available by the legislature and approved by the Governor is being released to school districts throughout the state. This money, coupled with nearly $317 million in local school district funds generally available by capital bonds approved by voters in communities, will bring more than $530 million into the state’s economy through school construction.
“The state money is a critical piece to the funding that local districts rely on in order to fulfill obligations that are made to school district voters for school construction,” Dorn said. “This money will help make vast improvements for kids by building new school buildings and school building modernizations, while also helping create jobs across the state.”
A total of 16 districts are ready to begin or continue work on 22 new school buildings and school modernization projects.
The school districts funded this year are Clover Park, East Valley (Yakima), Eastmont, Kennewick, Lake Washington, Marysville, Meridian, Moses Lake, Othello, Sedro-Woolley, Spokane, Vashon Island, Wapato, Warden, Willapa Valley and Yakima.
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 $540,000, which will fund public art allocations for new facilities.
For more information on school construction projects, visit School Facilities (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.
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