After being told they were finalists for a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) grant from the State of Washington that would have awarded millions of dollars to the district to update their two science rooms in JJSHS, Chewelah Schools was left out of the money after some last-minute changes to the supplemental budget by Olympia lawmakers.
Chewelah Superintendent Rick Linehan took particular notice to the awarding of the STEM Grant money to the Chehalis School District – roughly $5.5 million – for a new STEM wing to be built onto Chehalis’ W.F. West High School. The nearby Centralia School District was also awarded $3.6 million. Roughly $12 million was allocated for the STEM grants by the state this year.