Construction Assistance Awards Announced
OLYMPIA — July 15, 2014 — Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn today announced the release of nearly $213 million in capital construction money – made available by the legislature and approved by Gov. Jay Inslee – to school districts throughout the state.
The money, coupled with nearly $381 million in local school district funds generally available by capital bonds approved by voters in communities, will bring more than $594 million into the state’s economy through school construction.
“I applaud the Legislature and Gov. Inslee,” Dorn said. “They recognize that up-to-date, working buildings are essential to student learning, and that the state has some responsibility in that process.”
A total of 21 districts are ready to begin or continue work on 30 new school buildings or school modernization projects.
Many factors determined whether a project received funding, including specific school district criteria regarding enrollments, assessed property values and existing facility inventory. Details of the application process can be found in the School Facilities Manual.
The state’s school construction assistance program also includes approximately $890,000, which will fund public art allocations for new facilities.
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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