Construction Watch

School bond headed to referendum in New Hanover County

The North Carolina county's residents will vote on a $160 million school bond in November. The general obligation bond would fund the construction of several new county schools and the renovations of others.

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$250 million school plan approved in Illinois district

Rockford is moving forward with a massive 10-year plan to revamp its elementary schools. Under the $250 million plan, eight elementary schools will close, two new ones will be built, and improvements will be made at the rest of the schools.

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N.M. districts to receive nearly $100 million in state construction funds

Ten New Mexico school districts will receive nearly $97 million in state funds for the design and construction of school facilities. The state capital outlay funds will be matched with district funds totaling $90.6 million for projects.

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Supporters make case for California school bond

Legislative supporters of putting a multibillion-dollar school construction bond on California's fall ballot kicked off efforts to pass the measure by the end of next week. Proponents said a new bond would improve students’ learning experience and create construction jobs.

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Bonds worth $35 million approved for school construction by Alabama council

The Pelham City Council approved the issuance of bonds with a total value of $35 million for school construction and improvements that will be repaid using the municipal 1 percent sales tax for education. The board is also planning to secure another roughly $5 million in funding.

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Amid coal uncertainty, Wyoming school construction funds projected to waver

When a company wants to dig for coal in Wyoming, it pays a one-time competitive fee to help its bid stand out from what is usually a crowd of companies vying for the right to mine. Over the past 10 years, those fees have paid for more than $1 billion in school construction around the state. But if the industry continues its current trend, that money will dry up in 2018.

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Guilford County Schools moving forward with construction projects

The North Carolina county will move forward with at least four major construction projects out of the nine priority school projects it named in April.

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Massive construction bond considered by Texas district

The Katy ISD will consider a massive bond package to resolve the rapid growth in the area. A 200-member bond committee will recommend to the board of trustees for the school district to consider a $750 million bond, with 48 percent of that money going toward building new schools in the district.

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Proposed South Carolina bill gives school districts new tax option

A bill that would give more school districts the option of collecting a 1-cent sales tax for construction projects would offer some needed flexibility to the districts. Under current law, the county where a school district operates must raise $7 million or more in accommodations taxes before it can ask voters to approve the sales tax for education.

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Calif. USD asking voters to approve $200 million in construction bonds

Six years after approving $355 million worth of construction bond measures, voters in the Torrance USD in November will be asked to green light two more for nearly $200 million. The new initiatives would include an aquatic center, high school theater auditoriums, gymnasiums and science labs, among other things.

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