Construction Watch

Houston-area growth seen in burgeoning school construction projects

Across the Houston area, school construction and renovation is in full swing. Forty schools are slated for renovation or replacement with 2012 bond funds. Of those projects, 17 have moved from the design phase to construction phase.

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Missouri district's voters to decide $20 million school bond in April

Tornado-safe rooms, additional classrooms and a ninth-grade center are part of the plans Ozark school district hopes to deliver if voters approve a $20 million bond issue in April.

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Louisiana district's school board to vote on construction plan

The Caddo Parish School Board will vote in two weeks on a plan to close six schools, build three others and upgrade facilities. The district’s senior officials hope to issue up to $108 million in bonds.

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York County school board approves capital improvement plan

The Virginia district's approved 10-year capital improvement plan for 2016-25 with a total request through 2025 of $109,629,000. For 2016, $2.3 million is slated for architectural and engineering design work on a new elementary school. The 10-year projection includes an additional $20.7 million for construction of the school, slated for 2017.

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Nine W. Va. counties to receive funding for school construction projects

The West Virginia School Building Authority approved about $5.6 million for major school improvement projects. The authority also approved about $1.6 million for projects affecting more than one school district.

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New Jersey district's $85 million school plan passes

A controversial $85 million school proposal passed in a referendum by nearly 500 votes. A swift solution to overcrowded classrooms seemed to drive most of the affirming votes.

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School district in Washington to offer nearly $100 million bond

Moses Lake School District voters will be asked to approve or reject a $98 million construction bond to build a new high school in a special election in February.

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Tulsa Public Schools announce proposed Smart Start Bond

The 2015 Smart Start school bond is a $415 million bond focused on capital improvement projects across the Oklahoma district. Plans include creating a centralized STEM center, installing permanent classroom additions, building a new school, and incorporating storm shelters into new construction at 19 schools.

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More than $220 million approved for Maryland county's school system

Amendments to Montgomery County Public Schools’ six-year capital improvements program were approved, adding $221 million to help the school system complete 36 projects sooner to manage its current and future enrollment growth.

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School superintendent says Idaho sales tax idea has statewide support

Educators around the state appear to support a Lewiston School Board plan to fund school construction through a sales tax. The board approved a resolution calling for a change to Idaho code that would allow a local option sales tax, rather than property tax, to pay for school construction bonds.

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