Construction Watch

San Diego school districts allow more transparency in construction bonds

More school districts around the region are allowing the public easier access to information about their construction bonds, according to a new report. The San Diego districts were rated on the accessibility and timeliness of key reports and information on their bond programs, among other criteria.

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State to provide Massachusetts schools with construction funding

The Massachusetts School Building Authority invited eight school projects in central Massachusetts into a special school construction funding program to make renovations worth nearly $10 million.

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California court ruling disrupts building plans for schools

A panel of judges with the state appellate court in Fresno issued a legal ruling that stands to shake up the complex world of how public school districts in California finance millions of dollars annually on everything from new classrooms to performing arts centers.

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Millions of dollars on way to Alabama county's schools

More than a decade ago, Jefferson County borrowed $1 billion for school construction. By refinancing the $600 million remaining on that debt, the tax is extended for an additional 19 years in a new bill. The county's public schools will get $18 million annually, which will be allocated to schools based on enrollment.

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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The state's prevailing wage law would be repealed under a bill passed by an Assembly labor committee.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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