Construction Watch

Inaugural class of construction pre-apprentice program starts in Michigan

A new joint venture between Midland County Schools and The Greater Michigan Construction Academy began this school year to provide district students an early start on apprenticeships into skilled trades. As the students move through the skilled trades content, they will receive a certification of each module through the National Center for Construction Education and Research.

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Florida district planning construction projects after tax approved

Volusia County voters approved extending a half-cent sales tax that will pay for a new Pierson Elementary, replacing and renovating facilities and other capital expenses. The tax is expected to generate $32 million annually for 15 years.

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Steering committee considers $690 million for projects in Texas

The steering committee for Klein ISD’s upcoming 2015 bond referendum is considering up to $690.6 million worth of new construction, campus additions and other expenses that could be placed on the bond referendum next May.

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Springfield district to seek $71.5 million for construction

After a failed attempt last year, the Massachusetts district will again ask voters in November to approve a $71.5 million bond measure to ­replace a middle school and make other technology and classroom improvements.

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California announces $193.9 million for school construction projects

The State Allocation Board announced that it has awarded approximately $193.9 million for school construction projects throughout the state. It awarded approximately $100.5 million for 34 School Facility Program projects within 21 school districts statewide.

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Alabama district's school board approves $120 million bond

The Alabaster Board of Education voted to allow its investment bankers to raise roughly $120 million through the sale of bonds for construction of a new high school, renovations and other services for the district.

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$25.5 million bond issue on ballot in Iowa City

Solon Community School District residents will head to the polls next month to vote on funding for new facilities. Funding from the $25.5 million bond issue would pay for a new middle school, a new performing arts center, and renovations to create a new special education classroom.

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School bond headed to referendum in New Hanover County

The North Carolina county's residents will vote on a $160 million school bond in November. The general obligation bond would fund the construction of several new county schools and the renovations of others.

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$250 million school plan approved in Illinois district

Rockford is moving forward with a massive 10-year plan to revamp its elementary schools. Under the $250 million plan, eight elementary schools will close, two new ones will be built, and improvements will be made at the rest of the schools.

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N.M. districts to receive nearly $100 million in state construction funds

Ten New Mexico school districts will receive nearly $97 million in state funds for the design and construction of school facilities. The state capital outlay funds will be matched with district funds totaling $90.6 million for projects.

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