OSPI Helps Inject $236 Million Into State Economy
OLYMPIA — July 15, 2010 — Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn today announced that more than $236 million in capital construction money is being released to school districts throughout the state. Added to nearly $453 million in capital bonds approved by voters in communities, the release of funds will bring more than $689 million into the state’s economy.
“With the economy still suffering,” Dorn said, “this money will help local districts not only create jobs, but ensure our kids have safe places to learn.”
A total of 30 districts, in partnership with the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, are ready to begin or continue work on 42 new school buildings and school building modernization projects.
The 30 school districts funded this year are: Bellevue, Bethel, Bickleton, Bridgeport, Camas, Clover Park, Davenport, Edmonds, Everett, Federal Way, Freeman, Highline, Issaquah, Kennewick, Kent, Lake Washington, Moses Lake, North Franklin, Othello, Quillayute Valley, Renton, Riverview, Snohomish, Snoqualmie Valley, Sumner, Sunnyside, Tacoma, University Place, Warden and White Pass.
Approval for funding was determined by a number of factors. The district must have passed a local bond, and it must have applied to OSPI for the project. Funds received from the state come from state funding assistance grants. Details of the application process can be found in the School Facilities Manual.
The state’s school construction assistance program also includes a set-aside to provide public art for new facilities. This year, the state will provide approximately $652,000 in public art allocations for these school construction projects.
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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