Nebraska district to consider $683 million bond plan for school construction

Friday, July 18, 2014

The Omaha school board, with the clock ticking to finalize a list of construction projects in time for a November election, will consider a plan Monday for renovating and building new schools that would cost $683 million.

The latest plan, presented at a board workshop Thursday, builds on options that have been discussed for months — two new high schools in South and west Omaha and widespread renovations for outdated schools that were passed over in the 1999 bond issue — but also adds central air conditioning for all schools and calls for Beveridge Magnet Middle School to be totally replaced.

Some projects under consideration became casualties of budget constraints. Now, instead of building two new elementary schools in crowded South Omaha, consultants suggest just buying the land for the future schools.

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