FORT RILEY, Kan. (WIBW) -- Fort Riley is hoping to alleviate some of the overcrowding issues in classrooms on the installation with the construction of a new middle school.
Fort Riley and USD 475 officials, along with several students, broke ground on the new school Tuesday.
The construction was made possible by a $35.2 million grant from the Department of Defense.
Growth at Fort Riley has resulted in overcrowding at all on-post schools.
“The result of a community that cares is what brings us here today. And for the past few years, thousands of our children have thrived in a learning environment that quite frankly is less than adequate. Their teachers had to be more than creative, parents had to show a little bit more patience but with the construction of this school, our children will step into a form foundation, a state of the art learning environment,” said Fort Riley Senior Commander Brigadier General Don MacWillie.
“For us, the military is huge and very important. This is one of the most important facets of our city and our community. We’ll do our best to serve your children- that’s our ultimate goal. No matter what happens, we want to always make certain that the students in USD 475 receive a world class education. Bringing this facility to fruition means that now, you’ll have a brand new state of the art facility that will allow our students to be on Fort Riley but see the world,” added USD 475 Superintendent Dr. Ron Walker.
The new middle school will hold 800 students and is set to open in the summer of 2014. It will be built on the same property, adjacent to the current school. The current school will be demolished.