Construction Watch

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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Less mineral revenue means less Wyoming education funding

Wyoming lawmakers likely will face tough choices in coming years over how to fund the state's K12 educational system because of falling mineral revenue. In the 2017-18 school year, the state's account for school construction will receive an estimated $137 million in revenue, while spending is projected at more than $510 million.

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Building boom hits California schools

A major construction boom is underway in public school districts across North San Diego County — thanks to hundreds of millions of dollars in bond revenue approved by voters in recent years.

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Nearly $400 million earmarked for construction in Texas district

Arlington's proposed 2015-16 district budget includes more than $395 million in construction funds to for two new elementary schools, a campuswide career and technical center, multipurpose activity centers at each high school and several other projects.

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Support strong for $23.4 million in school construction for Miss. district

Teachers and others in the Neshoba County School District continue to voice support for $23.4 million in construction funding approved for a new high school and football stadium, among other facilities on newly purchased land adjacent to the campus.

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Portland School Board accepts $20 million plan to rebuild aging school

Instead of consolidating the school with another aging school, the board has decided to rebuild its Fred P. Hall Elementary School with $20 million in state aid. The rebuilding process will involve asking Portland voters to approve the project at a citywide referendum in 2016.

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Jefferson school officials weigh large tax increase for buildings

The Louisiana district's school board is considering asking voters for a higher property tax to raise as much as $200 million and build as many as 10 schools to replace outdated and overcrowded schools.

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