Construction Watch

Supporters make case for California school bond

Legislative supporters of putting a multibillion-dollar school construction bond on California's fall ballot kicked off efforts to pass the measure by the end of next week. Proponents said a new bond would improve students’ learning experience and create construction jobs.

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Bonds worth $35 million approved for school construction by Alabama council

The Pelham City Council approved the issuance of bonds with a total value of $35 million for school construction and improvements that will be repaid using the municipal 1 percent sales tax for education. The board is also planning to secure another roughly $5 million in funding.

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Amid coal uncertainty, Wyoming school construction funds projected to waver

When a company wants to dig for coal in Wyoming, it pays a one-time competitive fee to help its bid stand out from what is usually a crowd of companies vying for the right to mine. Over the past 10 years, those fees have paid for more than $1 billion in school construction around the state. But if the industry continues its current trend, that money will dry up in 2018.

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Guilford County Schools moving forward with construction projects

The North Carolina county will move forward with at least four major construction projects out of the nine priority school projects it named in April.

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Massive construction bond considered by Texas district

The Katy ISD will consider a massive bond package to resolve the rapid growth in the area. A 200-member bond committee will recommend to the board of trustees for the school district to consider a $750 million bond, with 48 percent of that money going toward building new schools in the district.

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Proposed South Carolina bill gives school districts new tax option

A bill that would give more school districts the option of collecting a 1-cent sales tax for construction projects would offer some needed flexibility to the districts. Under current law, the county where a school district operates must raise $7 million or more in accommodations taxes before it can ask voters to approve the sales tax for education.

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Calif. USD asking voters to approve $200 million in construction bonds

Six years after approving $355 million worth of construction bond measures, voters in the Torrance USD in November will be asked to green light two more for nearly $200 million. The new initiatives would include an aquatic center, high school theater auditoriums, gymnasiums and science labs, among other things.

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Kentucky STEAM academy design plans get approval

Plans to construct a new academy for the Mason County School District are moving forward, with approval given for the preliminary architectural plans. The academy will focus on the areas of science, technology, engineering, agriculture and medicine.

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School board members in Florida weigh construction projects

Competing construction needs, from decaying buildings to overcrowding, confronted Seminole County school board members as they worked to prioritize about $176 million in future sales tax proceeds.

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School board members in Florida weigh construction projects

Competing construction needs, from decaying buildings to overcrowding, confronted Seminole County school board members as they worked to prioritize about $176 million in future sales tax proceeds.

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