Construction Watch

Kansas lawmakers see $25 million worth of school funding surprises

A property tax imposed by the state for public schools is expected to generate $17.5 million less than previously anticipated during the next fiscal year. Officials also predict that aid to school districts for construction projects will cost $7.5 million more than previously estimated.

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Tennessee school district's capital plan totals $280 million

Wilson County Schools has submitted a five-year building plan for 11 projects totaling nearly $280 million. In addition to renovation and expansion projects, the district is looking to build five new schools over five years.

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Alabama district's school leaders vote to build a new school

The Florence Board of Education has chosen to take on its first major school campus construction project in more than 30 years. The board voted to construct a $30 million middle school on the same grounds as the current campus.

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West Contra Costa school board moves forward with new facilities master plan

The California school district will develop a long-range school facilities plan and create a special committee to rank projects that could be built with money remaining in the district's $1.6 billion bond construction program.

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New Georgia budget will keep construction crews busy

The budget Gov. Nathan Deal will sign contains $1.1 billion in borrowing for construction and equipment purchases, including $271 million for K12 school construction. Much of that school funding will be utilized to grow school systems in metro Atlanta.

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Assembly proposes more school construction aid for Maryland counties

Baltimore County and other high-growth suburban jurisdictions would receive $20 million in extra state money to alleviate school overcrowding. The aid is aimed at school systems with more than 300 portable classrooms over the past five years or with enrollment greater than 150 percent of the statewide average.

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Alaska Senate OKs bill suspending school construction reimbursement

A bill to suspend the state’s longstanding policy of helping local municipalities pay for school construction bonds passed the Senate. In addition to putting the school bond reimbursement program on hold for five years, Senate Bill 64 lowers the reimbursement level to 40 to 50 percent when it returns.

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Alaska Senate panel moves bill addressing school construction debt

The Senate Finance Committee has advanced legislation that would pause state spending on new school debt. State reimbursement for school bonds authorized between January 2015 and July 2020 would stop.

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Changes proposed for Cleveland school construction watchdog

The Cleveland school board is expected to approve new funding for the school construction watchdog panel. One of the biggest changes proposed will be that Bond Accountability Commission members will serve for two-year terms rather than being permanently appointed to their positions.

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Towns endorse countywide school referendum in Alabama

Local governments in Baldwin County are voting on resolutions encouraging residents to support the March 31 referendum aimed at raising revenue to support a 10-year, $350 million school construction plan. The Spanish Fort City Council is the latest group to approve the resolution.

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