Construction Watch

Alternative school financing supported by Nebraska Supreme Court

The state's top court upheld the ability of school districts to use an alternative form of financing to build school additions that doesn’t require voter approval. It has implications for districts across the state that build additions or purchase equipment through lease-purchase arrangements instead of by issuing bonds.

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Proposed school construction could exceed $100 million for Colo. district

The costs for Steamboat Springs School District's four potential capital projects range from $54 million to $80 million for construction alone, and could exceed $100 million when other associated costs are added.

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Alaska governor cites public confusion in not signing school bond bill

A bill that would pause the state’s obligation to reimburse school construction debt payments will become law without Gov. Bill Walker’s signature. The governor said confusion surrounding the House’s failure to adopt the effective date clause and a retroactivity provision in the bill contributed to his decision not to sign the bill.

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California commits over $100 million for school construction

The State Allocation Board has awarded approximately $113.6 million for 41 school construction projects within 22 school districts statewide. The state matching funds are distributed to local school districts to help finance shovel-ready school construction projects or reimburse districts for projects already completed using local funds.

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Kansas lawmakers see $25 million worth of school funding surprises

A property tax imposed by the state for public schools is expected to generate $17.5 million less than previously anticipated during the next fiscal year. Officials also predict that aid to school districts for construction projects will cost $7.5 million more than previously estimated.

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Tennessee school district's capital plan totals $280 million

Wilson County Schools has submitted a five-year building plan for 11 projects totaling nearly $280 million. In addition to renovation and expansion projects, the district is looking to build five new schools over five years.

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Alabama district's school leaders vote to build a new school

The Florence Board of Education has chosen to take on its first major school campus construction project in more than 30 years. The board voted to construct a $30 million middle school on the same grounds as the current campus.

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West Contra Costa school board moves forward with new facilities master plan

The California school district will develop a long-range school facilities plan and create a special committee to rank projects that could be built with money remaining in the district's $1.6 billion bond construction program.

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New Georgia budget will keep construction crews busy

The budget Gov. Nathan Deal will sign contains $1.1 billion in borrowing for construction and equipment purchases, including $271 million for K12 school construction. Much of that school funding will be utilized to grow school systems in metro Atlanta.

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Assembly proposes more school construction aid for Maryland counties

Baltimore County and other high-growth suburban jurisdictions would receive $20 million in extra state money to alleviate school overcrowding. The aid is aimed at school systems with more than 300 portable classrooms over the past five years or with enrollment greater than 150 percent of the statewide average.

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