Office of Economic Adjustment Gives Go-Ahead

JUNCTION CITY, KAN. – By invitation of the Office of Economic Adjustment, USD 475 and representatives of Fort Riley attended meetings in Arlington, Virginia earlier this week. Staff met with OEA officials to secure OEA approval to submit a formal grant request to replace Jefferson Elementary School in Fort Riley, Kansas.

The local contingent included Mr. David Wild, USD 475 Chief Operations Officer, Mr. Tim Livsey, Deputy Garrison Commander, and Fort Riley Director of Public Works Mr. Jeff Williamson. Incoming USD 475 Superintendent of Schools Dr. Reginald Eggleston was also in attendance.

Livsey opened the presentation to the OEA by speaking to the strength of partnerships between Fort Riley and USD 475. Wild and Williamson discussed needs, design, and siting concepts for a new elementary school as well as options for OEA consideration. The OEA evaluation team was aware of the new Junction City High School, and Dr. Eggleston spoke of his strategic plans for tying a new elementary school to the overall vision of USD 475.

On Wednesday, February 27, 2019, OEA Director Mr. Patrick O’Brien gave approval for Wild to submit a formal grant application for the potential new school. Work on this application is underway and if approved could see a new elementary school in USD 475 in the coming years.

For additional information, contact Mat Droge, Executive Director of Marketing and Media Relations for Geary County Schools USD 475.

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