The Defense Department is sending almost $91 million to Lakewoods Clover Park School District to demolish and rebuild three elementary schools that serve students at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
Last year, the school district received $47 million in similar grants to renovate its Hillside and Carter Lake schools at Lewis-McChord.
The new grant is intended to replace Beachwood, Clarkmoor and Greenwood elementary schools, according to a news release from Rep. Derek Kilmer, D-Gig Harbor. The renovations would benefit some 1,550 students.
Washington state and Clover Park plan to spend an additional $23 million on the renovations.
"On behalf of our students, we offer our sincere thanks, said Debbie LeBeau, superintendent of the Clover Park School District.
The Office of Economic Adjustment is a Defense Department program that works to mitigate the impacts of military growth. It has been awarding grants to schools based on a 2011 study that ranked construction priorities for outdated or overcrowded campuses.
All three of the Clover Park campuses slated for remodels date back to the 1950s and '60s.
"I cant wait to see what Greenwood, Clarkmoor and Beachwood look like once the improvements are completed, said Rep. Denny Heck, D-Olympia.
The Defense Department is setting aside $31.3 million for Beachwood, $30.9 million for Clarkmoor and $28.6 million for Greenwood.