DOD grants $16M to replace Fort Riley school

By The Mercury

The Department of Defense on Monday awarded the Geary County school district a $16 million federal grant to replace Fort Riley Elementary School.

The planned building will address the capacity and facilities needs of the current school and will be able to acommodate 500 students.

“These new facilities are desperately needed to address overcrowding and aging infrastructure,” Sen. Pat Roberts said.

The school is currently 20th on the Deputy Secretary of Defense Priority List. Funding is awarded under the Public Schools on Military Installations Program and the Office of Economic Adjustment gives priority to the schools with the most serious capacity or facility condition deficiencies according to the priority list.

Fort Riley was placed on the list in 2011.

“Community and military leaders have been discussing the need for another elementary school at Fort Riley for a long time, and I am pleased the Army is showing its commitment to our soldiers’ families and children with this project,” Rep. Jenkins said.

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