Construction Watch

Petition on leaseback filed to California Supreme Court

The Fresno USD is asking the California Supreme Court to reverse a recent appellate court opinion criticizing its use of a no-bid contract for construction, saying it could negatively impact hundreds of school districts and contractors across the state.

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Construction funds granted as part of $280 million school renovation projects

Wyoming's Natrona County School District board approved a $327 million budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year, which includes $74 million for construction projects such as the continuing rebuilding of the district’s three high schools.

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School officials unveil major construction proposal in Ohio district

Fostoria schools will seek voter approval of a $47 million project to construct a new junior/senior high school building and renovate another school. Taxpayers in the school district would contribute about $9.4 million.

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Fargo School Board to seek state legal opinion on tapping loan fund

The North Dakota district's school board voted to seek an attorney general's opinion on whether two school district projects qualify for a state low-interest loan fund for new school construction.

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Students build on trade skills in construction program

In San Francisco, dozens of students are getting real-life lessons in what it takes to build a tiny house, fix a Muni bus air compressor or create an alternative water treatment program as part of a summer program to gain exposure to a range of construction careers.

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Oregon schools district considers tax on construction

The Dallas School District continues to gather information about possibly implementing a construction excise tax to help pay for capital improvements. The fee could only be used to acquire land or help pay for improvements or new school construction.

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Politics, self-interest infest construction of California’s schools

Like capital appreciation bonds, leaseback deals avoid big outlays for new schools in the short run, responding to an era when state school bond money has dried up and voters are leery about approving new local bonds. But their long-term costs are much higher.

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Oregon construction plan pays for school earthquake improvements

Schools would have access to millions of dollars for earthquake-safety improvements, but the state Capitol would remain vulnerable under a $1.2 billion plan for statewide construction projects that advanced.

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Busy construction season at Alaska district's schools

The Anchorage School District is having one of its busiest summer construction seasons in almost a decade. About $170 million worth of projects are taking place this summer, ranging from parking lot improvements to major renovations.

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Move to restrict construction noise near NYC schools

A bill to curb construction noise within 75 feet of public and private schools to less than 45 decibels during school hours is being pushed by some New York City Council members concerned about the effect on learning. It is facing resistance from the building industry, which sees the bill as impractical.

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