Construction Watch

Changes proposed for largest Maryland school system's facility guidelines

The Montgomery County school system’s guidelines for planning future school construction projects may undergo several changes, including ones that would affect preferred enrollment and school site sizes.

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School construction bond and levy proposed for Cleveland construction

Cleveland's school district has put Issue 4, a 37-year, $200 million bond issue and 0.5-mill continuing levy for maintenance, on the ballot this November. The maintenance levy will raise $25 million a year. The bond will help the district replace about 20 additional schools, improve 20 to 23 other schools and maintain facilities.

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Tennessee district's board approves tax hike for school construction

The Lakeland Board of Commissioners moved toward financing new school construction for what would be called Lakeland Prep. The board signaled its intent to raise the city’s property tax rate to finance construction of the new combined middle and high school for the Lakeland school system.

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$78.8 million approved for Ohio district's high school design plans

The Cleveland Heights-University Heights school board approved the schematic design for the $78.8 million Cleveland Heights High School renovation, despite the project coming in 4 percent –- more than $3.1 million –- over budget.

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Budget passed in N.C. city includes money for two new schools

The Asheville City Board of Education approved a budget that includes the construction of two new schools. The $109 million schools budget includes $55 million for capital outlay. In addition to the new elementary and middle schools, city schools have about $989,000 in other capital projects.

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Washington district's voters weigh largest-ever school bond

The Toledo School District is asking voters to approve a $23.5 million bond to remodel outdated features at its high school and make additional renovations to the elementary and middle schools. This is the school district’s first bond vote in 18 years.

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$21 million unfrozen for Pennsylvania school construction

State officials approved $21.6 million in long-delayed school construction money, two years after the government froze the payment process for 360 projects statewide. The money, a small fraction of what the state owes, will fund buildings and renovations for 41 schools in 27 districts.

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Watchdog of Cleveland's school construction project backs $200 million tax proposal

The panel formed to be a watchdog of Cleveland's school construction project is backing Issue 4, the school district's $200 million bond issue on the November ballot that will continue the project. The updated plans are to rebuild or significantly renovate 20 schools across the city and update up to 25 more.

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New Jersey districts' voters approve $54 million in bonds

Voters in Lakewood, Manchester and Bay Head approved bond proposals in their respective school districts that are expected to result in more than $54 million in school upgrades.

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Georgia school board approves $35 million construction project

School board officials have approved Monroe Comprehensive High School for a $35 million construction and renovation project. School leaders initially planned to renovate the school, but determined it would cost less to rebuild most of the campus. The project is being paid for with SPLOST money and state funding.

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