College Place schools get bump up in state matching funds

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COLLEGE PLACE — The city school district has been awarded $14.9 million in state money for building projects, Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn announced Tuesday.

The district is building a new high school and elementary school.

Local voters in April 2012 approved a $38.5 million levy for the projects. State matching funds at the time were expected to be $10.8 million, according to school officials.

College Place Schools Superintendent Tim Payne said today Dorn’s announcement was “good news” but that he would need to meet with members of the district’s design team first before he could say what will be done with the additional funds.

Payne, who is out of town today, said a meeting with the design team is scheduled for Thursday. Officials will also need to talk with the project’s engineer and architect to determine what options are available.

The capital construction money Dorn announced Tuesday was part of more than $185 million made available by the legislature and approved by Gov. Jay Inslee to school districts throughout the state, according to an OSPI release.

The money, coupled with nearly $366 million in local school district funds generally available by capital bonds approved by voters in communities, will bring more than $551 million into the state’s economy through school construction.

The state’s school construction assistance program also includes approximately $767,000, which will fund public art allocations for new facilities.

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