Construction Watch

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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Local board in Minn. to hear $97.5 million long-range facilities plan

Big changes may be coming to the buildings and facilities of Stillwater Area Public Schools with a possible price tag of nearly $100 million. A long-range facilities planning committee will present changes to almost all of the district’s buildings — including options to build a new elementary school and to expand the high school.

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New California project combines elementary school with housing

 A West Oakland charter school is partnering with an affordable housing developer to combine academics and apartments by building a new $9.5 million elementary school that will be finished in time for classes next fall.

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Boulder Valley voters pass $576.5 million school construction tax increase

Voters passed the Boulder Valley School District's $576.5 million capital construction bond issue, the largest K12 bond in Colorado history. The property tax increase will allow the district to repair and upgrade all of its 55 schools, including rebuilding three elementary schools.

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Lexington 2 voters approve school upgrades in South Carolina

Students and teachers in Lexington 2 can look forward to upgraded school facilities, as voters approved a $225 million bond package to build four new facilities and other renovation projects. But in Kershaw County, voters rejected by a narrow margin a $130 million proposal for school improvements.

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Illinois county brings in the votes for a $250 million facilities plan

With approval from Rockford voters, the Rockford School District will put a $250 million 10-year facilities plan in motion. That means closing eight schools, building two and making improvements at the district’s nearly 40 other early childhood, elementary, middle and high school buildings.

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Ohio lawmakers introduce legislation to lower school construction costs

Two state lawmakers from Boardman and Austintown introduced legislation to reduce school building costs for local school districts and taxpayers. The legislation would require the state to pay set percentages of school construction costs while decreasing the cost of local school improvement levies.

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