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7/30/2014 4:24:00 PM
Paul Rumberg Elementary receives Construction Assistance
By Erich Hilkert Staff Writer

Paul Rumberg Elementary School may get up to $2.48 million after recently being approved as one of the schools across the state to gain funds.
Washington Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn announced the release of nearly $213 million in capital construction money - made available by the legislature and approved by Gov. Jay Inslee - to school districts throughout the state.
"Obviously, we're fortunate and grateful that we've been approved to access $2.4 million," Entiat Superintendent Ismael Vivanco said. "Obviously, we haven't received any of it. It's just we've been approved for that amount to go toward our school modernization project."
As Vivanco explained, the school must spend a certain amount in outlined categories and then will receive a certain percentage that at least matches the amount spent.
For example, if the school needs to spend $20,000 in a specific category, they would have to spend $8,000 and then would receive $12,000 in state funds.
The money, coupled with nearly $381 million in local school district funds generally available by capital bonds approved by voters in communities, will bring more than $594 million into the state's economy through school construction. A total of 21 districts are ready to begin or continue work on 30 new school buildings or school modernization projects.
Paul Rumberg Elementary School in Entiat is the lone area school that was awarded funds, a total of $2,483,411 to help modernize the existing facility.
Many factors determined whether a project received funding, including specific school district criteria regarding enrollments, assessed property values and existing facility inventory.
The state's school construction assistance program also includes approximately $890,000, which will fund public art allocations for new facilities.

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