The Department of Defense
announced Jan. 7 a $16,096,000 grant from OEA to Unified School District 475
Geary County Schools, Junction City, to replace Fort Riley Elementary School at
Fort Riley. USD 475 will use the grant funds to build the new Fort Riley
The school will serve 500
students in grades kindergarten to fifth grade, and address the capacity and
facility condition deficiencies that placed Fort Riley Elementary School as the
20th school on the Deputy Secretary of Defense Priority List.
U.S. Senators Pat Roberts
and Jerry Moran, and U.S. Representatives Tim Huelskamp and Lynn Jenkins said they
were pleased the grant was awarded to USD 475.
“I am pleased Geary County
USD (475) is getting the funds it needs to improve the education of the
children of those who serve,” said U.S. Senator Pat Roberts. “These new
facilities are desperately needed to address overcrowding and aging
Funding for a new (FRES) is
a great way to kick off the new year, Moran said.
“The Kansas delegation has
been working to address the overcrowding and overall condition of Fort Riley’s schools,
which are well-beyond capacity,” he said. “The Junction City community and the
Geary County school district have accommodated for population growth at Fort
Riley, so it’s encouraging to see the federal government carry out its
commitment and prioritize education for the children of those who serve our
This is an exciting day for
Fort Riley Soldiers and their families, Huelskamp added.
“With this grant, we are honoring
the brave men and women who protect our country,” he said. “I look forward to
the continued tremendous support of Fort Riley by the local communities, counties
Community and military leaders
have been discussing the need for another elementary school at Fort Riley for a
long time, Jenkins said.
“I am pleased the Army is
showing its commitment to our Soldiers’ families and children with this
project,” she said. “I look forward to the expanded education opportunities this
new school will bring to one of America’s finest military bases.”
Funding for the 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
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 the 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.
For more information about similar grants awarded under
this program, visit the OEA’s website at www.oea.gov.