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Board of Directors Issues STEM Building Grant Proclamation

The Centralia School District Board of Directors has signed a proclamation to thank donors to the District’s project to construct a new Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) wing at Centralia High School. Donors gave $103,061 to the project, which helped the district gain access to a grant worth $3.616 million from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). A condition of the grant required recipients to raise at least $100,000 in community based support.

The District applied for the STEM Pilot Project grant in January, 2016 and received notice in May that it had been awarded $3.616 million. The fund will be used to construct a building adjacent to Centralia High School which will house modern science laboratories and multi-function classroom spaces for STEM courses. The current classrooms and labs utilized by STEM programs at the school were constructed in 1969 and have not received significant upgrades since.

“This is a great step forward for education in Centralia,” said Superintendent Mark Davalos. “We are modernizing our educational system across the board, and this is a significant step for us. We’re going to build something that future generations will benefit from. We cannot express enough gratitude to our community for stepping up and providing the required community support funds.”

Donors included New England Biolabs ($3,000), Vernier (13,411 in-kind), Tin Men Supply ($10,000), CSD Administrators ($1,000), Cliff Foster (CSD attorney, $250), Horizons Educational Consulting ($14,000 in-kind), Biotech Day ($3,650), Kim, Deanne, & Mariyah Ashmore ($750), the Davalos Family ($1,500), Josue & Brooklynn Lowe ($1,500), and an anonymous donor ($54,000).

Read the Board's Proclamation here.