Construction Watch

California district's school board sides with unions on $90 million project

Despite heavy lobbying from the private sector against it, the Salinas Union High School District will proceed to build its next high school using a pro-union Project Labor Agreement. As a result, the district will seek pacts with local contractors that prioritize union labor to build its fifth high school.

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Georgia city approves bonds sale for high school construction

The Buford City Commission approved the sale of $33 million in bonds for the construction of the new Buford High School. Current plans anticipate the new $50 million high school could open for the 2017-18 school year.

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Wisconsin Assembly committee approves prevailing wage repeal bill

The state's prevailing wage law would be repealed under a bill passed by an Assembly labor committee. The proposal would do away with the law that requires construction workers on certain government and school projects to be paid wages equivalent to what they would earn working on other projects in the area.

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Alabama lawmakers and county officials united on revenue fix

A majority of local legislators in the House and Senate passed a measure to refinance Jefferson County school construction debt which gives the cash-strapped county $36-$40 million annually from the proceeds of the refunding. The bill passed this month refinances the outstanding principal balance of about $560 million.

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Allen ISD’s $302 million bond wish list includes new schools

Major items in the Texas district's proposal include a new elementary school, a science and technology center for Allen High School, and a new building to replace the facility housing the freshman campus.

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Connecticut school's students learning ‘green’ construction techniques

Going greener is the focus at Waterbury’s Kaynor Tech, where students are building another “e-house”. The project is part of the nation’s first “green” construction learning laboratories for high school students. The kids are focusing on a clean energy curriculum, learning all about the latest technologies in the field.

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Arkansas county voters soundly reject school-millage increase

Pulaski County Special School District voters defeated a proposed 5.6-mill property-tax increase to finance a $221 million school construction plan and help end federal court supervision of the district's desegregation efforts.

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Klein ISD ready to launch building boom with $498.1 million bond approval

The Texas school district has allocated $283.6 million of the total for new construction. The main growth projects in the bond include its fifth high school, 10th intermediate school, a new elementary school and an early childhood education center.

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Minn. district's voters OK nearly $100 million school facilities referendum

Stillwater-area voters approved a $97.5 million bond referendum that will fund a districtwide renovation of school facilities and the construction of a new elementary school.

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S.C. district's voters approve $226 million school bond package

The approved referendum in the Fort Mill school district covers funds for a third high school, a new middle school, an aquatics center, a training facility, land for future schools and more.

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