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Students at Centralia High School will soon have a state-of-the-art STEM facility, suitable for the demands of a 21st century education. The project is possible thanks to a $3.616 million grant from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), which district and high school staff members applied for in January. Josue Lowe (CHS Principal), Phil Iverson (Director of Facilities), Mike Stratton (Science Instructional Coach), Jo Martens (Science Teacher), and Superintendent Mark Davalos collaborated on the application process.
 
As planned, the building will house four classrooms and four rooms that double as classrooms and labs spaces. “There is the potential to expand this project with the support of additional funding sources,” Davalos said. “We are going to take a look at how we can make the maximum positive impact on STEM education in our district and do what is necessary, within our financial constraints,” he added.
 
Another important part of the process to release the OSPI funding included a requirement that the district would gather community-based support for the project. This support, can be in the form of monetary donations or gifts of services like professional development, curriculum materials, or equipment. “We can’t thank our community partners enough for being so eager to step up to the plate and help launch this vision for STEM education in our community,” said Superintendent Mark Davalos. “With this kind of community support it’s easy see that Centralia has a bright future, this is just the first step in the journey.”
 
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