Construction Watch

Georgia city system to borrow $18 million

Decatur's board voted to borrow $18 million for school construction projects. Under the proposed certificates of participation (COPS) financing agreement, the system would transfer title for three elementary schools to the Georgia Municipal Association and then sign a lease agreement to use the buildings.

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Kansas district votes for $17 million school bond

Paola voters approved Paola USD 368’s proposed $17 million school bond. Bond plans will include safety and security improvements at all of the schools, tornado shelters at all district facilities, renovations to the middle school and various other projects.

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Construction referendum narrowly passes in Wisconsin county

Parkview School District voters approved general obligation bonds in the amount of $17 million to renovate two schools. The construction referendum passed by only 26 votes.

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Pa. lawmakers urged to revise school construction funding process

Amid a $1.7 billion backlog in funding, school officials and building industry representatives are asking lawmakers to overhaul the way Pennsylvania pays for public school construction. The state’s Planning and Construction Workbook is an 11-step process for local districts to get reimbursed by the state for renovations and new building.

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Ohio construction bill points $675 million to schools

A $2.4 billion state construction budget that funds an array of community, school and park projects has cleared the Ohio Legislature. The proposal directs $675 million toward primary and secondary schools.

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Virginia city chooses company to construct five schools

Norfolk is teaming with S. B. Ballard Construction Co. to build five new schools for the city within the next four to five years. Three local architectural firms are working with Ballard on the design for the schools.

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Option to use sales tax for S.C. school construction costs

In South Carolina, a bill was advanced through the Senate Finance Committee that would allow school districts in all of the state’s 46 counties to ask voters to approve a 1 cent sales tax for building projects.

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New York district approves $70 million in upgrades

Voters in Schenectady approved $70 million in capital improvements in the district to deal with anticipated growth and to renovate aging school buildings. The district is counting on $66.5 million in state building aid and $3.5 million in EXCEL money to cover the full amount of the project.

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South Dakota district approves $47.7 million spending program

The Rapid City Area Schools Board of Education approved a five-year, $47.7 million spending program to build a new middle school and renovate one of the high schools.

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Three-town district in Mass. votes to back new $89M high school

Voters in the three North Middlesex Regional School District towns approved a new high school. All three must now pass a debt-exclusion ballot question at their annual elections this spring to fund the project. Construction would then begin at a cost of $89.09 million, with $40.2 million of that reimbursed by the Massachusetts School Building Authority.

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