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Pentagon releases $47M for 2 JBLM schools

Monday - 6/25/2012, 4:21pm  ET

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. (AP) - The Defense Department has released $47 million to help replace two elementary schools on Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

The office of Congressman Norm Dicks says the money will allow the Clover Park School District to break ground next month on the construction.

The News Tribune reports ( http://is.gd/ECtqHo) the Pentagon is providing about $23 million and the state another $11 million to replace Hillside School, which will house 500 children. The Pentagon is providing $24 million and the state $7 million for a new Carter Lake School, which will house 650 students. It's the first part of a project to replace six elementary schools on the base.

The money comes from a $250 million fund Dicks helped create two years ago after a Pentagon study found substandard schools on military bases.

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Information from: The News Tribune, http://www.thenewstribune.com


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