Construction Watch

Proposed South Carolina bill gives school districts new tax option

A bill that would give more school districts the option of collecting a 1-cent sales tax for construction projects would offer some needed flexibility to the districts. Under current law, the county where a school district operates must raise $7 million or more in accommodations taxes before it can ask voters to approve the sales tax for education.

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Calif. USD asking voters to approve $200 million in construction bonds

Six years after approving $355 million worth of construction bond measures, voters in the Torrance USD in November will be asked to green light two more for nearly $200 million. The new initiatives would include an aquatic center, high school theater auditoriums, gymnasiums and science labs, among other things.

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Kentucky STEAM academy design plans get approval

Plans to construct a new academy for the Mason County School District are moving forward, with approval given for the preliminary architectural plans. The academy will focus on the areas of science, technology, engineering, agriculture and medicine.

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School board members in Florida weigh construction projects

Competing construction needs, from decaying buildings to overcrowding, confronted Seminole County school board members as they worked to prioritize about $176 million in future sales tax proceeds.

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School board members in Florida weigh construction projects

Competing construction needs, from decaying buildings to overcrowding, confronted Seminole County school board members as they worked to prioritize about $176 million in future sales tax proceeds.

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Washington district receives $30 million in state construction assistance

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn announced the release of about $213 million in capital construction money to school districts throughout the state, including nearly $30 million to the Richland School District. The district will be using the money for three elementary school construction projects.

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More money for Arkansas school construction

An additional $2.3 million has been approved for public school construction and renovation projects in Arkansas. The funding is being released after learning of an error by the Pulaski County assessor's office that affected 246 projects in 120 school districts statewide.

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Construction charter revamping curriculum and staff

One of the first charter schools in St. Louis, the Construction Career Center Charter School, is instituting a new, more targeted and individualized curriculum and putting a new board, principal, vice principal and senior staff in place before the school reopens in August.

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New schools on horizon for Santa Fe school district

In August, Santa Fe Public Schools will open two new K8 schools intended to ease overcrowding on the city’s south side in addition to finishing renovations at other area schools. The total cost for the changes is $101 million, funded by 2009 and 2013 general obligation bonds.

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Building project reimbursements a possibility for Pennsylvania schools

School districts in the state may see more funding for construction and renovation as a result of the state budget currently awaiting Gov. Tom Corbett’s signature. A moratorium for state reimbursement was placed on all new school construction projects in 2012.

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