Construction Watch

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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Dallas-Fort Worth school construction among the most expensive in Texas

The state comptroller’s office released its first public school construction survey, which measured costs for Texas schools that opened between 2007 and 2013. Data shows that Dallas-Fort Worth is the Texas metro area with the most expensive schools, second only to San Antonio.

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Wisconsin district proposes $24 million referendum to upgrade, expand facilities

The Madison School District has put forward a $27 million plan to upgrade or expand more than a dozen school buildings with financing from a proposed bond issue and the district’s capital maintenance operating budget over two years.

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Michigan committee backs building proposals totaling $80 million

A committee is recommending Mattawan Consolidated Schools put two bond proposals on the ballot. The first proposal would seek $59 to $62 million for new construction while the second would ask for $16 to $18 million for repairs and upgrades in the middle and high school, including new technology, as well as the purchase of new school buses.

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No tax hike for S.C. county's $1 billion school construction work

Greenville County Schools will be able to make its payments on its $1 billion BEST construction program, finish a new middle school construction and maintain its nearly 100 schools for the coming year without a tax increase. The school board approved issuing up to $99.5 million in general obligation bonds to take care of its facilities needs.

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Cleveland approves $200 million school construction plan

The Cleveland school board will back a $200 million extension of the city's 13-year school construction plan that would overhaul 20 existing schools or replace them with new buildings, as well as repair and update 23 others.

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Nearly $1 million approved by New Jersey board for construction

Lakehurst's board of education approved the use of $500,000 in capital funds and an additional $443,111 in the form of a lease purchase agreement to pay for the school's share of scheduled construction projects.

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Colorado board moves forward with $576M capital construction package

Boulder Valley's school board agreed to ask voters in the fall to approve a $576 million capital construction package. It includes a new $45 million school in Erie, added classroom space to expand preschool and all-day kindergarten programs and repairs and renovations at existing schools.

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Two new schools to be added to Texas district

The Dickinson school district's voters approved a $56 million bond proposal calling for the construction of two new campuses, Elementary No. 7 and Middle School No, 3. A "mini-education village" design option is being considered in which the elementary and middle school will share a cafeteria and common areas.

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