FORT RILEY, Kan. - The 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley in conjunction with Unified School District 475 will host the Fort Riley Middle School ground breaking ceremony, 1 p.m., Jan. 22 on the same property, adjacent to the current school.
Unified School District Superintendent, Ron Walker and Brig. Gen. Don MacWillie, senior commander will provide remarks at the ceremony.
Upon completion, the new middle school will be a LEED Silver certifiable building, making it the second "green" addition to the district. It will house a high-tech Media Hub/Center that will transform the way students are able to collaborate and learn. In addition, the school will be home to a state of the art auditorium and two expansive gymnasiums, with the second gym being a FEMA certified structure able to withstand wind events of up-to 250 mph.
"USD 475 is very pleased to accept this award for the construction of a new middle school on Fort Riley. We appreciate the Commanding General and Garrison's offices for being such strong partners. We have worked very hard to provide matching funds for this project and look forward to our next project which will be the construction of a new elementary school. To date, the Department of Defense has provided our district and Kansas with $71 million for schools. All of these projects have used Kansas companies that pay state taxes and used building materials from Kansas. The economic impact for our state is tremendous! This is a first ever partnership with the Department of Defense and public schools. It is historic!," said Ron Walker, Unified School District USD 475 Superintendent.
Walker says the current school is overcrowded and aging.
In December, legislators announced that Fort Riley was awarded a $35.2 million federal grant to build a new middle school.
The grant was awarded as part of the Department of Defense Installations and Environment fund. The Geary County School District (USD 475) will match a portion of this funding, $6.7 million, for a total of $41.96 million to demolish and build the new middle school (6-8th grade) on post. The new middle school will hold roughly 700 students.