Capital bill aids building projects

first_imgMoney to rebuild Vancouver’s Crestline Elementary School, to build an airplane hangar and a cosmetology building at the Clark County Skills Center, and to start a community garden in West Vancouver are just some local projects in the state’s new two-year, $3.6 billion capital budget.The bill passed the Legislature over the weekend and was signed Monday by Gov. Jay Inslee.It directs the state’s Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction to fast-track any eligible money from its construction assistance program to rebuild Crestline. The school burned down in February, after the deadline to request state assistance. Evergreen Public Schools would have had to wait an extra year to get state money if the provision to expedite funds didn’t pass.Now, “we don’t have to try to find some sort of loan to carry us through,” Evergreen’s chief operating manager, Mike Merlino, said Monday, calling the budget “good news” for Crestline. “The belief is, we will have enough to rebuild the school as we intend to rebuild it.”The exact amount that Crestline will receive was not specified in the budget, and school officials are still determining how much the new school will cost. Merlino estimated the district will need at least $5 million in state assistance. The rest of the rebuilding costs are covered by insurance.Until the school opens in 2014, Crestline students will meet in rented space at the old Hewlett-Packard campus on Southeast 34th Street.Other education projectsThe budget provides the Clark County Skills Center with $1.7 million to construct two new buildings on its campus. One would serve as a cosmetology school, as well as providing larger classrooms to accommodate the school’s growth. The other will be an airplane hangar to serve the school’s new aviation program.last_img

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