Construction Watch

Michigan committee backs building proposals totaling $80 million

A committee is recommending Mattawan Consolidated Schools put two bond proposals on the ballot. The first proposal would seek $59 to $62 million for new construction while the second would ask for $16 to $18 million for repairs and upgrades in the middle and high school, including new technology, as well as the purchase of new school buses.

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No tax hike for S.C. county's $1 billion school construction work

Greenville County Schools will be able to make its payments on its $1 billion BEST construction program, finish a new middle school construction and maintain its nearly 100 schools for the coming year without a tax increase. The school board approved issuing up to $99.5 million in general obligation bonds to take care of its facilities needs.

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Cleveland approves $200 million school construction plan

The Cleveland school board will back a $200 million extension of the city's 13-year school construction plan that would overhaul 20 existing schools or replace them with new buildings, as well as repair and update 23 others.

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Nearly $1 million approved by New Jersey board for construction

Lakehurst's board of education approved the use of $500,000 in capital funds and an additional $443,111 in the form of a lease purchase agreement to pay for the school's share of scheduled construction projects.

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Colorado board moves forward with $576M capital construction package

Boulder Valley's school board agreed to ask voters in the fall to approve a $576 million capital construction package. It includes a new $45 million school in Erie, added classroom space to expand preschool and all-day kindergarten programs and repairs and renovations at existing schools.

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Two new schools to be added to Texas district

The Dickinson school district's voters approved a $56 million bond proposal calling for the construction of two new campuses, Elementary No. 7 and Middle School No, 3. A "mini-education village" design option is being considered in which the elementary and middle school will share a cafeteria and common areas.

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District in Idaho seeks $104 million bond

Meridian School District will ask voters to approve a $104 million bond that would include construction of three new schools as the district braces for enrollment growth approaching pre-recession levels.

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South Dakota district approves $5.2 million for new school

The Tea Area School District's board members approved to take out $5.2 million in capital outlay certificates to build a new elementary school. The school will be open by fall of 2015.

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Nebraska school recieves $1.75 million gift for career and tech addition

Although construction on the new Kearney High School is underway, a recent gift is paying for 10,000 square feet to be added to the building. A donor has donated $1.75 million for the Career and Technical Education Pathways Institute addition, which will offer hands-on experience in technical careers.

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Utah architect designing dome schools that keep kids healthy, safe

Located in Oklahoma's "Tornado Alley," Locust Grove's new schools incorporate the increasingly popular alternative of topping schools with thin-shell concrete domes for better safety and temperature control. In addition to costing much less than the traditional price of school construction, the use of air-form technology cuts building costs.

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