State Superintendent Randy Dorn Thursday announced the release of nearly $317 million in capital construction money – made available by the state Legislature and approved by the Gov. Jay Inslee – to school districts throughout the state including $1,925,456 to the Pioneer School District for their Intermediate and Middle School Replacement.
The money, coupled with nearly $748 million in local school district funds generally available by capital bonds approved by voters in communities, will bring more than $1.1 billion into the state’s economy through school construction.
“Maintaining and updating school buildings is a partnership between the state and school districts,” Dorn said. “The release of the capital construction money shows that the partnership works, and that students will learn in up-to-date, working school buildings. I thank the Legislature and Gov. Inslee for their work on this.”
A total of 28 districts are ready to begin or continue work on 39 new school buildings or school modernization projects.
Many factors determined whether a project received funding, including specific school district criteria regarding enrollments, assessed property values, and existing inventory. Details of the application process can be found in the School Facilities Manual.
The state’s school construction assistance program also includes approximately $1.1 million, which will fund public art allocations for new facilities.