JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD — The Defense Department has released $47 million to help replace two elementary schools on Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
The office of Congressman Norm Dicks said the money will allow the Clover Park School District to break ground next month on the construction.
The News Tribune reported that 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.