Construction Watch

Oregon district to renovate nearly 30 schools

Portland Public Schools has slated 27 schools for facility improvement work this summer. The record-breaking $482 million bond in 2012 will ultimately cover building improvements at up to 67 schools.

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Largest bond in Tulsa history passes with overwhelming support

The biggest bond in Tulsa Public Schools history passed with about 85 percent approval. The Oklahoma district will have $415 million to spend on construction, technology, libraries and transportation.

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Assembly OKs school bond bill, keeps Nevada prevailing wage

The emergency bill allowing Nevada school districts to issue 10-year bonds without voter approval passed the Assembly. The bill was a quick replacement for Senate Bill 119, which was stalled because of a provision to drop the prevailing workers wage for school construction projects requirement.

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California county embarks on high school building plan

San Juan USD begins construction of $117 million in “signature” projects at nine high school campuses next month. The projects will be financed with about a third of the $350 million in Measure N bond funds voters approved in 2012.

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Maryland county officials continue plea for state school aid

Montgomery County could face difficult decisions if the state doesn’t help fulfill the school district’s funding request for capital projects. The county school board’s requested $1.74 billion fiscal 2015-20 Capital Improvements Program banks on the success of a state bill to direct more school construction money to the county.

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Charter construction bill before Rhode Island Senate committee

A series of education bills are on the agenda at the Senate Finance Committee, including a bill that would allow charter schools to receive more state funding for construction costs. Currently, state law allows charter schools to receive just 30 percent of state funding for the cost of school construction or renovation.

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Aid to benefit growing N.H. school districts gets preliminary approval

School districts with growing populations could benefit from two pieces of legislation that got preliminary approval from the New Hampshire House. One involves a measure to provide up to $50 million dollars in aid for school construction projects.

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Nevada Senate advances school construction bill

A bill has been advanced that would provide more money for school construction but also would suspend wage rules. The bill would allow school boards to extend construction bonds beyond the period approved by voters and would clear the way for projects to ease overcrowding.

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New middle school wins votes in Minnesota district

Voters approved the construction of a new $48.8 million middle school in Cloquet, but voted down building a new auditorium along with it.

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Edmond School District’s $90.6 million bond issue passes easily

The passage of the bond will begin the construction of safe rooms in selected schools throughout the Oklahoma district as gymnasiums, band rooms, media centers and classroom additions will be built to do double duty.

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