Sen. Murray: Feds to spend $91M to rebuild JBLM schools

U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) announced Tuesday nearly $91 million in federal funding will be used to rebuild three elementary schools within the Clover Park School District that serve nearly 1,600 students at Joint-Base Lewis McChord.

In total, the Department of Defense will spend approximately $28.5 million to rebuild Greenwood Elementary School, approximately $30.8 million to rebuild Clarkmoor Elementary School, and approximately $31.3 million to rebuild Beachwood Elementary School. The Clover Park School District and the State of Washington will match these grants with approximately $23.1 million, for a total investment of approximately $113.8 million.

“When our best and our brightest put on the uniform to serve our country honorably, we make a promise to support them and their families both on and off the battlefield,” said Sen. Murray, who serves as a senior member of the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee. “This includes making sure their children have an adequate learning environment that promotes a positive education experience, not one that puts them in harm’s way or detracts from the curriculum. Our schools that support our military communities are not only institutions of learning, but also serve as a support system for many of our military families. That’s why I was proud to support the legislation in which this funding was included.”

Tacoma-based Korsmo Construction will build Greenwood Elementary School (left) and Clarkmoor Elementary School (right) on the grounds of Joint Base Lewis-McChord. (IMAGES COURTESY INTEGRUS ARCHITECTURE)