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STUTTGART, Germany — The Department of Defense Dependents Schools system added two projects to its priority list of school construction in the coming years during a meeting last month between DODDS officials and representatives of the major military commands.

The projects are a combination elementary and middle school at Panzer Kaserne, and a new gym and classroom at Patch High School, both near Stuttgart, Germany. Making the list of military construction projects is the first step in a long process to get funding for the projects, said Harvey Gerry, chief of staff for DODDS.

For example, the gym at Patch, which is expected to come online first, is projected to receive funding in fiscal 2011, Gerry said.

“They made the list and will continue to be considered for funding,” Gerry said. “They’re on the team, and that’s a good thing.”

The decision came a week after school officials announced that children in sixth through eighth grade would be taken out of Patch High School and placed in existing elementary schools on Robinson Barracks and Panzer Kaserne starting with the 2006-07 school year to address overcrowding problems in the high school.

The June meeting was the latest in a series between officials from DODDS and major military commands around the world to set a list of priorities for military-funded school construction projects. Among those attending were representatives of the Army, Air Force and Navy in Europe, as well as the U.S. European Command.

Several other DODDS projects are expected to begin before the Stuttgart projects. They include:

A $36 million combination elementary and middle school in Grafenwöhr, Germany, expected to start within the next year.Construction of $9 million in new classrooms for Vilseck High School, Germany, expected to begin within the next year.Classroom additions to Vilseck and Landstuhl elementary schools, both in Germany, expected to begin in fiscal 2006.A multipurpose room for Rota high school and elementary school in Spain, expected to begin in fiscal 2006.A new high school in Rota, Spain, expected to cost $22 million and begin in fiscal 2007.New gyms and art and music classrooms at Gen. H.H. Arnold High School in Wiesbaden, Germany, and Brussels elementary and high school in Belgium, expected to begin in fiscal 2008.A new multipurpose room at Ramstein Intermediate School, expected to begin in fiscal 2008.The DODDS priority list for military construction includes other projects in Kaiserslautern, Ramstein and Ansbach, Germany, at RAF Lakenheath, England, and Sigonella, Italy, that will be considered in future years as money become available, Gerry said.

School construction costs

Following is a list of military construction projects, with estimated costs, for the Department of Defense Dependents Schools as prioritized by European military commands:

High school in Rota, Spain, $22 million.

Gym, art and music classrooms and renovation at Gen. H.H. Arnold High School in Wiesbaden, Germany, $14.5 million.

Multipurpose room, Ramstein Intermediate School, Germany, $5.1 million.

Gymnasium, art and music rooms at Brussels Elementary/High School, Belgium, $5.7 million.

Multipurpose room for Hainerberg Elementary School and Wiesbaden Middle School, Germany, 4.8 million.

Gymnasium and science classrooms for Patch High School, Stuttgart, Germany, $10.4 million.

Multipurpose room for Kaiserslautern Elementary School and Middle School, Germany, $5.1 million.

Gymnasium at Liberty Intermediate School, RAF Lakenheath, England, $1.3 million.

Professional Technical Studies Center at Kaiserslautern High School, $2.7.

Gymnasium, auditorium and general purpose classrooms for Ramstein High School, $9.7 million.

Gymnasium for Ansbach High School, Germany, $5.2 million.

Sports fields for Kaiserslautern High School, $4.2 million.

General purpose classrooms, Ramstein Middle School, $2.5 million.

Classroom addition, Sigonella Middle School/High School, Italy, $4.2 million.

New Böblingen Elementary School/Middle School, Stuttgart, $24.9 million

— DODDS fact sheet

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