DOD Releases Priority List for Repairing On-Base Public Schools

Almost half of the 157 elementary and secondary schools on installations operated by local school districts are in good condition and free of capacity issues, according to a senior DOD official.

At the other end of the spectrum, about 30 schools need immediate attention due to their condition or because they are experiencing overcrowding, Jo Ann Rooney, principal undersecretary for personnel and readiness, told American Forces Press Service.

The Pentagon performed the facilities assessment as part of a larger review of public schools on installations.

Based on the assessment, the department’s Office of Economic Adjustment will invite school districts to apply for funding for construction, renovation, repair or expansion of existing facilities. Congress allocated $250 million to repair on-base public schools in the fiscal 2011 spending compromise reached in April.

DOD is asking local districts to contribute 20 percent of the federal government contribution to the projects. Rooney said the department will work with the districts, though, if they can’t afford their share, according to the story.

“We’re hoping to have shovels in the ground after the first of the year,” she said.

For more information on the facilities assessment, including the schools priority list, visit the DOD website.


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