Construction Watch

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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Renovations begin on Chicago academy's new career training rooms

Chicago Vocational Career Academy has begun renovations to create new career-focused classrooms. The completed project, which is being funded by state capital dollars and delivered in 2 phases, will prepare students for jobs in a variety of industries, including horticulture, carpentry, culinary services and healthcare.

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Solar array construction completed at three Calif. schools

The construction of 1500 solar arrays at three of Willows Unified School District's campuses was completed with little disruption to the schools. Officials hope the solar project will save the district an average of $300,000 a year on utility costs over the 25-to-30-year life of the panels.

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