Construction Watch

South Dakota district approves $5.2 million for new school

The Tea Area School District's board members approved to take out $5.2 million in capital outlay certificates to build a new elementary school. The school will be open by fall of 2015.

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Nebraska school recieves $1.75 million gift for career and tech addition

Although construction on the new Kearney High School is underway, a recent gift is paying for 10,000 square feet to be added to the building. A donor has donated $1.75 million for the Career and Technical Education Pathways Institute addition, which will offer hands-on experience in technical careers.

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Utah architect designing dome schools that keep kids healthy, safe

Located in Oklahoma's "Tornado Alley," Locust Grove's new schools incorporate the increasingly popular alternative of topping schools with thin-shell concrete domes for better safety and temperature control. In addition to costing much less than the traditional price of school construction, the use of air-form technology cuts building costs.

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Oklahoma school shelter advocates launch new petition

The Take Shelter Oklahoma organization that supports building storm shelters in every Oklahoma public school plans to launch a new initiative petition drive to get the measure on the ballot. The effort comes a little more than a year after a massive tornado destroyed Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, killing seven students.

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New York City to put $4.4 billion into public school construction

Over the next five years, New York City will allocate $490 million to reduce class sizes, $480 million to scrap trailers used as temporary classrooms, $480 million to remove toxic PCBs from schools and $50 million on science labs.

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Colo. district superintendent backs $576 million construction package

Boulder Valley Superintendent Bruce Messinger is recommending a $576 million capital construction package for the district's next bond issue, including a new $45 million school in Erie, a new central kitchen and added classroom space to expand preschool and all-day kindergarten programs.

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Pennsylvania budget plan leaves no money for school construction

Cash-strapped schools desperate to replace leaky roofs and crumbling infrastructure likely will go without state construction money for a third year, school business officials say, since Gov. Tom Corbett's budget proposal continues a moratorium on funding new projects.

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West Virginia School Building Authority sells millions in revenue bonds

West Virginia schools are set to get millions to fund construction projects. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin says the West Virginia School Building Authority successfully sold $26 million in revenue bonds that will fund $30 million in school construction projects.

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Illinois passes bill requiring storm shelter in new school construction

Legislation requiring any new school construction to include storm shelters has been sent to the governor for approval. The Illinois Senate approved HB 2513, which mandates that any new school construction or remodeling that includes classroom space must include a storm shelter.

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Cleveland school construction plan to be revealed

The Ohio school district will soon announce its recommendations for building, demolishing, closing, combining and renovating school buildings. The state of Ohio pays two thirds of the bill for building or renovating schools in Cleveland, so each local tax dollar spent brings back $2 from the state.

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