Construction Watch

Kentucky STEAM academy design plans get approval

Plans to construct a new academy for the Mason County School District are moving forward, with approval given for the preliminary architectural plans. The academy will focus on the areas of science, technology, engineering, agriculture and medicine.

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School board members in Florida weigh construction projects

Competing construction needs, from decaying buildings to overcrowding, confronted Seminole County school board members as they worked to prioritize about $176 million in future sales tax proceeds.

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School board members in Florida weigh construction projects

Competing construction needs, from decaying buildings to overcrowding, confronted Seminole County school board members as they worked to prioritize about $176 million in future sales tax proceeds.

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Washington district receives $30 million in state construction assistance

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn announced the release of about $213 million in capital construction money to school districts throughout the state, including nearly $30 million to the Richland School District. The district will be using the money for three elementary school construction projects.

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More money for Arkansas school construction

An additional $2.3 million has been approved for public school construction and renovation projects in Arkansas. The funding is being released after learning of an error by the Pulaski County assessor's office that affected 246 projects in 120 school districts statewide.

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Construction charter revamping curriculum and staff

One of the first charter schools in St. Louis, the Construction Career Center Charter School, is instituting a new, more targeted and individualized curriculum and putting a new board, principal, vice principal and senior staff in place before the school reopens in August.

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New schools on horizon for Santa Fe school district

In August, Santa Fe Public Schools will open two new K8 schools intended to ease overcrowding on the city’s south side in addition to finishing renovations at other area schools. The total cost for the changes is $101 million, funded by 2009 and 2013 general obligation bonds.

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Building project reimbursements a possibility for Pennsylvania schools

School districts in the state may see more funding for construction and renovation as a result of the state budget currently awaiting Gov. Tom Corbett’s signature. A moratorium for state reimbursement was placed on all new school construction projects in 2012.

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Dallas-Fort Worth school construction among the most expensive in Texas

The state comptroller’s office released its first public school construction survey, which measured costs for Texas schools that opened between 2007 and 2013. Data shows that Dallas-Fort Worth is the Texas metro area with the most expensive schools, second only to San Antonio.

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Wisconsin district proposes $24 million referendum to upgrade, expand facilities

The Madison School District has put forward a $27 million plan to upgrade or expand more than a dozen school buildings with financing from a proposed bond issue and the district’s capital maintenance operating budget over two years.

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