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Grant for post school gets OK

By | STAFF REPORT | March 10, 2014

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 Elementary School.

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 infrastructure.”

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 nation.”

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 and region.”

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 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 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.
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