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Release No: 404-13
June 04, 2013

DOD Approves Three Grants for the Clover Park School District, Lakewood, Wash., to Improve Schools at Joint Base Lewis-McChord

          The Department of Defense announced today three grants from the Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) totaling $90,768,089 to the Clover Park School District, Lakewood, Wash., for the demolition and new construction of the Greenwood ($28,566,022), Clarkmoor ($30,870,778) and Beachwood ($31,331,289) Elementary Schools on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. 

          The Clover Park School District will manage three projects totaling $113,843,553, consisting of $90,768,089 in grant funds and a combined non-federal share of $23,075,465 in matching funds to demolish and build the new Greenwood, Clarkmoor and Beachwood Elementary Schools.  Together the three schools will serve 1,550 students in grades pre-kindergarten through fifth.                                                                                          

          Funding for these grants is provided under the department’s Public Schools on Military Installations Program.  OEA, in making these funds available, must give priority consideration to those military installations with schools having the most serious capacity or facility condition deficiencies, as determined by the priority list.  A multi-disciplined federal evaluation team, with membership from the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, the military services, U.S. Department of Education, and OEA reviewed the school projects to ensure the awards appropriately address the noted capacity and facility condition deficiencies. 

            The remaining unobligated funds appropriated for this program to assist other local education agencies in addressing the most serious capacity or facility condition deficiencies at public schools located on military installations are subject to the March 1 sequestration order. 

            Further information about similar grants awarded under this program may be found on OEA’s web site at www.oea.gov.

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