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Public Schools on Military Installations

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David Kennedy
Program Activity Lead - Public Schools on Military Installations
(703) 697-2136 

Click here for Before and After photos of some schools that participated in the Public Schools on Military Installations program.

Participation in this program is by invitation only on the basis of 1) a Deputy Secretary of Defense prioritization ranking of all 160+ public schools on a military installation through a Priority Listing; and 2) the availability of appropriations to fund a project in the order of that prioritization.

This listing is derived through a Department of Defense Education Activity directed assessment of the condition and capacity of each public school on a military installation through contractor support using standards they have for their own schools. These assessments are then normed into a stoplight rating system for condition and capacity at each school that then are the basis for Deputy Secretary of Defense’s approval of a complete Priority Listing.

The Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation then uses this approved listing to invite Local Education Agencies (School District equivalent with jurisdiction) in the order of the prioritization as appropriations may be available, to develop proposals through a project for addressing the condition and capacity issues underlying a specific school’s priority.  

Many of these schools have not seen upgrades or significant facility improvements for years, if ever.  While many of these facilities are outdated, in disrepair, and in need of upgrades, the schools are also often operating at or above capacity with too many students, not enough classroom space, and are functionally inadequate.