The Department of Defense announced today the findings of the facilities assessment which is part of an overall education review of public schools on military installations and operated by local education agencies.
DoD assessed the condition and capacity of 157 of the 160 public schools on military installations. Three of the 160 public schools were not included in the assessment because they were built within the last year.
Each school was graded red, yellow or green in two criteria – condition and capacity – based on the assessment. The schools were then grouped based on similar condition and capacity ratings, and then the schools were banded based on criteria scoring – three points for red, two points for yellow, and one point for green. Finally, the schools are ranked within each band by the numerical score for condition (worst to best). Condition is weighted slightly heavier than capacity.
"The Department of Defense is strongly committed to ensuring that the children of military families receive an excellent education that prepares them for successful careers and to be active contributors to their communities and the nation,” said Leon Panetta, secretary of defense. “High quality facilities and instruction are essential, of course, to providing the kind of education they deserve. That's a top priority."
Based on the Defense Department’s priority list, public schools on military installations with the greatest need will be invited by the Office of Economic Adjustment to apply for grants to be used towards construction, renovation, repair, or expansion of current facilities. The grants will be paid through provisions in Section 8109 of Public Law 112-10, the “Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011,” which appropriates $250 million recapitalization of public schools on military installations.
“The education review and its findings are part of DoD’s overall ongoing strategy to ensure school-aged children of our service members receive an excellent education encompassing the entire individual regardless of their age, capabilities or goals.” said Clifford Stanley, under secretary of defense for personnel and readiness.
For more information on the school facility assessment, including the schools priority list, methodology and grant process, click here .