Three local school districts receive construction funding

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Three local school districts — Evergreen, Ridgefield and Woodland — will receive capital construction money from the state.

A total of 16 districts throughout the state will receive more than $185 million, according to Randy Dorn, superintendent of public instruction.

Evergreen Public Schools received $9,617,380 for the rebuilding of Crestline Elementary School, which was destroyed in a Feb. 3 fire. Most of the costs to rebuild Crestline will come from insurance money.

Ridgefield School District received $1,124,869 for a new building at South Ridge Elementary and $1,167,415 for a new building at Union Ridge Elementary. Union Ridge will receive 12 classrooms, two learning labs, a music classes/performance stage and a commons/cafeteria space and gymnasium. South Ridge Elementary will receive six classrooms, one learning co-op lab, a music classes/performance stage and a commons/cafeteria space.

Woodland School District received $11,472,596 toward building a new Woodland High School to replace the current, overcrowded school that uses 11 portable classrooms. Last year, voters approved a $52.8 million bond to build the $64 million high school on Dike Road and to replace the aging gymnasium at Yale Elementary.

Approval for the state funding was determined by factors including specific school district criteria regarding enrollments, assessed property values and existing inventory. For more information, visit http://www.k12.wa.us/SchFacilities/default.aspx.