June 30, 2013 at 1:46 PM HST - Updated July 25 at 10:28 AM
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii (AP) - A 53-year-old public school on Schofield Barracks is getting an upgrade, thanks to state and federal grants.
A groundbreaking for the renovation and expansion of Hale Kula Elementary will be held Monday. The project will add several buildings, including an administration building and student activities center.
The U.S. Department of Defense is providing $26.6 million and the Hawaii Department of Education is providing $6.6 million.
The Department of Defense grant is part of a $250 million effort to upgrade public schools on military installations nationwide.
Hawaii education officials say military dependents represent 98% of Hale Kula's nearly 1,000 students.
This is the first time the campus will be upgraded since it was built in 1959.
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