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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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Pre-Civil War graveyard discovered at Manassas-Area School (Va.) construction site

The graves were found about 1,900 feet south of the intersection of Hoadly Road and Independence Drive near Dale City in the Manassas-area of the county, said Phil Kavits, director of communications for Prince William County Public Schools.

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Construction of arts and athletics center to begin at Montrose School (Mass.)

Jennifer Schiller, director of institutional advancement at the Montrose School, said the building—slated to be completed in the late summer of 2014—will be used for concerts, musicals, and theater performances as well as sporting events.

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Duran talks about Trenton school repairs as school year dawns

The district is leveraging technology as a teaching tool and ordering new computers and iPads for teachers and students. Books and supplies seem to have been ordered and delivered, ready for students to use them on Day One.

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Renovations, regulations contribute to high cost of school buildings in S.C.

The projects vary widely in terms of overall cost, and all of the bids except for Charleston Progressive Academy came in at or under initial budget estimates. Still, one pattern that has emerged is that schools cost more to build than they once did.

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As Carson City students return to school, they’ll see construction zones

Funds from the 2010 rollover bond were committed to creating single-point entryways at every school in the district in an effort to make them more secure. However, the decision wasn’t made until April, putting workers in a time crunch, said Keith Shaffer, projects manager for the district.

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