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The Meridian High School Renovation and Replacement Project Receives Confirmation of State Funding - July 14, 2011

Press Release from The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction

State School Construction Assistance Injects $310 Million Into State Economy
24 districts to receive state funding for local construction projects

OLYMPIA — July 14, 2011 — Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn today announced that more than $313 million in capital construction money made available by the Legislature and approved by the Governor for the 2011-13 biennium is being released to school districts throughout the state. Added to nearly $575 million in local funds, today’s release will bring more than $888 million into the state’s economy.

A total of 24 districts, in partnership with the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, are ready to begin or continue work on 32 new school buildings and school building modernization projects.

The school districts funded this year are: Othello, Kennewick, Evergreen, Eastmont, Orient, North Franklin, Pomeroy, Warden, Seattle, Shoreline, Lake Washington, Northshore, Tacoma, Sumner, Clover Park, Bethel, Mount Vernon, Everett, Snohomish, Spokane, Cheney, Wellpinit, Meridian and Yakima.

Approval for funding was determined by a number of factors. The district must have local funds and applied to OSPI for the project. Projects are already designed and ready to begin construction or in some cases have started construction. Details of the application process can be found in the School Facilities Manual.

The state’s school construction assistance program also includes a set-aside of approximately $1.2 million in public art allocations for new facilities.

For more information on school construction projects, visit School Facilities (OSPI).