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Small N.H. town busing students to other schools due to construction delays at new school

About 100 Unity students may spend the entire academic year attending school in nearby Claremont due to construction delays at the new elementary school.

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Wake (N.C.) voters approve $810M school construction bond

The bond will be used to build 11 elementary schools, three middle schools and two high schools, do major renovations to six schools and smaller upgrades to dozens of others and purchase land for future schools.

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Jefferson Parish School Board (La.) votes to revive plan to build arts wing for Lincoln Elementary

The school was badly damaged during Hurricane Katrina and has since been rebuilt, but without the arts building. The construction cost the school district $16.4 million; the extra wing would have raised the price to about $18 million.

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Berlin (Conn.) High School celebrates groundbreaking at last

It's been in the works for a while, but as the town prepares for the bulk of construction as part of phase II of the Berlin High School renovation project, officials have finally had a chance to slow down a celebrate a bit.

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Portland (Ore.) high schools to be built even larger in new construction proposal

Portland's Franklin and Grant high schools would be large enough to hold about 16 percent more students than initially planned under a new construction proposal from Portland Public Schools officials.

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Oklahoma City school builds without saferoom plan

Oklahoma City Public Schools continues to build new construction projects without a plan for a tornado safe room.

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After uncertainty, construction begins at new Sierra Madre Middle School (Calif.)

The $27.8 million construction project began this summer after a series of delays over the past three years. The work is expected to last about 20 months.

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Rooftop playing field among features of $54.6M Hartford school project

In a first for Hartford public schools, that remedy means placing artificial turf atop a three-story school addition that will be constructed in the next two years. A 12-foot-high fence will surround the field, which will not be visible from Asylum Avenue, Salafia said.

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Becton (N.J.) officials discuss delayed school opening, construction issues

To make up for Becton's 10-day delayed opening due to construction, the official school calendar is now Sept. 18 through June 26, with a week added to June, half days of school for Martin Luther King and Presidents days, a half day on Dec. 20 and student day on Oct. 14, which was staff development day.

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Decatur’s (Ala.) state of schools, five year strategic construction plan

Nichols says the system has spent the past year working on a strategic proposal called the ’2020 Plan’. During that time he says community involvement played a large role as nearly 1,000 community members provided feedback and suggestions.

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