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Edwards schools secure $63.5 million DOD grant to modernize

EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. --The future just got brighter for Edwards Air Force Base schools thanks to a $63.5 million Department of Defense grant that was approved last week.

The grant will go to the Muroc Joint Unified School District, which oversees schools at Edwards. The amount is for $63,583,420 and will fund the first of two phases to modernize or replace school facilities on base.

"Our military families sacrifice a great deal to support our nation, so our school-age children and their educational facilities are one of my top family priorities,” said Brig. Gen. Carl Schaefer, 412th Test Wing commander. “This investment in our elementary school is a result of a great deal of hard work between the Muroc Joint Unified School District, congress, the Air Force and the Department of Defense.”

School district officials say they were informed that the director of the Office of Economic Adjustment signed the grant award and a formal letter notifying the district of the award has been received.

“The next step in the process is a kick-off meeting where OEA briefs the distinct on the requirements of the grant, the rules and laws that apply to the grant and general questions,” said Trevor Walker, MJUSD chief business officer. “With the grant being official, we will then be able to begin submitting reimbursement requests to OEA to reimburse us for funds we have already expended moving the projects forward.”

Both Desert Junior-Senior High School and Irving L. Branch Elementary were built in the 1950s and Bailey Elementary has been closed for several years.

Walker explained that the district already has a plan for what it wants to do with the aging schools.

“The vision for the facility project will be to move the campuses closer along a centrally shared outdoor amphitheater; reopening Bailey Elementary; building a new Branch Elementary and modernizing Desert Junior-Senior High School. This will be done in two large phases,” Walker said.

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The information above is for general awareness only and does not necessarily reflect the views of the Office of Economic Adjustment or the Department of Defense as a whole.


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