Department of Defense Awards $59 Million Grant to Alamogordo School District for Holloman Elementary School and Holloman Middle School on Holloman Air Force Base
The Department of Defense announced today the award of a $59,610,471 grant, as the Federal share of a larger $86,278,937 project, from the Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation to the Alamogordo School District to replace the current Holloman Elementary and Middle Schools on Holloman Air Force Base.
Upon completion, Holloman Elementary School will serve up to 600 students in Pre-Kindergarten through fifth grade, and Holloman Middle School will serve up to 312 students in sixth through eighth grade. The project will address capacity and facility condition deficiencies that placed Holloman Elementary School as the 48th school and Holloman Elementary School as the 50th school on the 2019 Deputy Secretary of Defense "Public Schools on Military Installations Priority List" (Priority List).
Funding for this grant is provided under the Department's Public Schools on Military Installations Program. In making these funds available, the Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation must give priority consideration to military installations that have schools with the most serious capacity and facility condition deficiencies, as determined by the Priority List.
A multi-disciplined Federal Evaluation Team, with representatives from the Assistant Secretaries of the Air Force, Army, Navy and the Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation reviewed the school project to ensure the award appropriately addresses the noted capacity and facility condition deficiencies.
In correcting the identified facility condition and capacity issues at Holloman Elementary and Middle Schools, this grant keeps faith with service members, improves the quality of education for defense-connected students, aids in the recruitment and retention of vital skills at Holloman Air Force Base, and enhances partnerships between the communities and the installation.