Bonds and Grants

About the 2012 Grant

In 2006, Clover Park School District (CPSD) began a partnership with Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) to evaluate and quantify the conditions and capacity of the seven elementary schools on the military installation. The outcome of that study kicked off the Public Schools on Military Installations (PSMI) program, which raised awareness of failing school infrastructures on military bases across the United States.

After dozens of tours and outreach to officials with the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Congress and the White House, a $250 million budget was included in the FY11 defense appropriations bill and a national program to fix educational facilities on military installations was created.

Carter Lake and Hillside Elementary Schools ranked second and fifth, respectively, in the top 25 schools needing immediate attention based on an independent scoring of enrollment capacity and building conditions. 

Funding for the two news schools came from the Department of Defense’s Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) and Washington state school construction funds.

Both schools were fully funded with federal and state funds. The federal funding required at least a 20 percent match for the total project cost.  

To complete both school construction projects, the district pursued the General Contractor/Construction Manager (GC/CM) process through the state. Each project has a guaranteed maximum price, which protects the school district and local taxpayers.

BCRA Design was the architect for the new Carter Lake and Hillside Elementary Schools. OAC Services was selected as the program manager and the GC/CM was Skanska.

Construction of the new Carter Lake and Hillside Elementary Schools began July 2012. Both schools, Carter Lake Elementary, located on JBLM McChord Field, and Hillside Elementary on JBLM Lewis Main, were built in their existing locations.

The new schools opened on the first day of school for the 2013-14 school year. A grand opening celebration was held in October 2013. Carter Lake Elementary has a capacity of 500 full time students and Hillside has capacity for 650 full time students. The new schools are designed based on a standardized prototype, similar to the district’s Lakeview Hope Academy.

Another $250 million was appropriated in FY12 and the school district has been invited to apply for federal funding for three additional elementary schools on JBLM: Clarkmoor, Greenwood and Beachwood.

Projects Included:

  • Carter Lake Elementary School
  • Hillside Elementary School


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