Construction Watch

York County school board approves capital improvement plan

The Virginia district's approved 10-year capital improvement plan for 2016-25 with a total request through 2025 of $109,629,000. For 2016, $2.3 million is slated for architectural and engineering design work on a new elementary school. The 10-year projection includes an additional $20.7 million for construction of the school, slated for 2017.

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Nine W. Va. counties to receive funding for school construction projects

The West Virginia School Building Authority approved about $5.6 million for major school improvement projects. The authority also approved about $1.6 million for projects affecting more than one school district.

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New Jersey district's $85 million school plan passes

A controversial $85 million school proposal passed in a referendum by nearly 500 votes. A swift solution to overcrowded classrooms seemed to drive most of the affirming votes.

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School district in Washington to offer nearly $100 million bond

Moses Lake School District voters will be asked to approve or reject a $98 million construction bond to build a new high school in a special election in February.

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Tulsa Public Schools announce proposed Smart Start Bond

The 2015 Smart Start school bond is a $415 million bond focused on capital improvement projects across the Oklahoma district. Plans include creating a centralized STEM center, installing permanent classroom additions, building a new school, and incorporating storm shelters into new construction at 19 schools.

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More than $220 million approved for Maryland county's school system

Amendments to Montgomery County Public Schools’ six-year capital improvements program were approved, adding $221 million to help the school system complete 36 projects sooner to manage its current and future enrollment growth.

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School superintendent says Idaho sales tax idea has statewide support

Educators around the state appear to support a Lewiston School Board plan to fund school construction through a sales tax. The board approved a resolution calling for a change to Idaho code that would allow a local option sales tax, rather than property tax, to pay for school construction bonds.

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University students compete to design Houston high school

The new home of Houston ISD's Energy Institute High School will be built near the University of Houston. The university's students are offering up green designs for the magnet school for a chance to have their ideas incorporated in the final design. The high school focuses on preparing students for careers in the energy industry.

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Conn. approves additional funding for new Sandy Hook school

The State Bond Commission approved another $5 million for the planning and design of the new school. The grant is part of the state's commitment to spend up to $50 million to build a new educational facility for the children of Newtown.

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Ill. district adopts construction timeline for $250 million plan

The Rockford School Board adopted a timeline outlining when eight Rockford public schools will close, when new ones will be built, and when students will be shifted from one school to another based on changes in attendance zones. The district adopted a $250 million capital improvement plan in August.

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