Construction Watch

Grants proposed for school construction in Washington

A bipartisan group of senators put forward a bill offering one-time grants for school districts that are adding classes in accordance with state mandates.

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Alaska legislature considers suspending reimbursements for school construction

School buildings may join school programs in facing budget cuts under legislation being considered in Juneau. A proposed Senate bill would halt new entries in a state program that reimburses local governments for up to 70 percent of the cost when they issue bonds to build or renovate schools.

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$50 million bond issue approved in Louisiana district

The Jefferson Parish School Board voted to borrow $50 million in sales tax bonds to partially finance $129 million for over 200 school construction projects being considered.

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Oregon district to renovate nearly 30 schools

Portland Public Schools has slated 27 schools for facility improvement work this summer. The record-breaking $482 million bond in 2012 will ultimately cover building improvements at up to 67 schools.

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Largest bond in Tulsa history passes with overwhelming support

The biggest bond in Tulsa Public Schools history passed with about 85 percent approval. The Oklahoma district will have $415 million to spend on construction, technology, libraries and transportation.

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Assembly OKs school bond bill, keeps Nevada prevailing wage

The emergency bill allowing Nevada school districts to issue 10-year bonds without voter approval passed the Assembly. The bill was a quick replacement for Senate Bill 119, which was stalled because of a provision to drop the prevailing workers wage for school construction projects requirement.

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California county embarks on high school building plan

San Juan USD begins construction of $117 million in “signature” projects at nine high school campuses next month. The projects will be financed with about a third of the $350 million in Measure N bond funds voters approved in 2012.

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Maryland county officials continue plea for state school aid

Montgomery County could face difficult decisions if the state doesn’t help fulfill the school district’s funding request for capital projects. The county school board’s requested $1.74 billion fiscal 2015-20 Capital Improvements Program banks on the success of a state bill to direct more school construction money to the county.

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Charter construction bill before Rhode Island Senate committee

A series of education bills are on the agenda at the Senate Finance Committee, including a bill that would allow charter schools to receive more state funding for construction costs. Currently, state law allows charter schools to receive just 30 percent of state funding for the cost of school construction or renovation.

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Aid to benefit growing N.H. school districts gets preliminary approval

School districts with growing populations could benefit from two pieces of legislation that got preliminary approval from the New Hampshire House. One involves a measure to provide up to $50 million dollars in aid for school construction projects.

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