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Release No: NR-011-14
January 07, 2014

DOD Approves Grants for $32,346,000 to Replace Elementary Schools at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., and Fort Riley, Kan.

The Department of Defense announced today a $16,250,000 grant from the Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) to Albuquerque Public Schools, Albuquerque, N.M., for the new Wherry Elementary School on Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., and a $16,096,000 grant from OEA to Geary County Unified School District 475, Junction City, Kan., to replace Fort Riley Elementary School at Fort Riley, Kan.
 
Albuquerque Public Schools will use its grant to demolish and rebuild a new Wherry Elementary School.  The new school will serve 500 students in grades kindergarten through fifth and address the capacity and facility condition deficiencies that placed Wherry Elementary School as the eleventh school on the Deputy Secretary of Defense "Public Schools on Military Installations Priority List." 
 
Geary County Unified School District 475 will use its grant funds to build the new Fort Riley Elementary School.  The school will serve 500 students in grades kindergarten through fifth and address the capacity and facility condition deficiencies that placed Fort Riley Elementary School as the twentieth school on the Deputy Secretary of Defense Priority List.
 
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 Deputy Secretary of Defense 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 project to ensure the award appropriately addresses 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 may be subject to future sequestration reductions.
 
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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