Construction Watch

Aid to benefit growing N.H. school districts gets preliminary approval

School districts with growing populations could benefit from two pieces of legislation that got preliminary approval from the New Hampshire House. One involves a measure to provide up to $50 million dollars in aid for school construction projects.

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Nevada Senate advances school construction bill

A bill has been advanced that would provide more money for school construction but also would suspend wage rules. The bill would allow school boards to extend construction bonds beyond the period approved by voters and would clear the way for projects to ease overcrowding.

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New middle school wins votes in Minnesota district

Voters approved the construction of a new $48.8 million middle school in Cloquet, but voted down building a new auditorium along with it.

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Edmond School District’s $90.6 million bond issue passes easily

The passage of the bond will begin the construction of safe rooms in selected schools throughout the Oklahoma district as gymnasiums, band rooms, media centers and classroom additions will be built to do double duty.

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New York backlog delays hundreds of construction projects

About 800 school construction projects are piled up in the state Education Department awaiting review, delaying work for months and months and costing taxpayers millions of dollars. The backlog means it can take about six months before staff even begin their review of a particular project.

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Chicago district could spend almost $30 million on early education

Offering full-day kindergarten for residents of School District 41 will require new construction with a cost between $15 million and $30 million. Plan options include modifying existing school buildings, building an early learning center or building a new K5 school.

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Fairfax County plans expansions for more than $800 million

The Virginia county's school board approved a $856 million capital improvement program to set priority on the projects the school system wants done in the next five years. Five new school buildings and renovations for several existing ones may be approved by 2020.

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Virginia county approves $40 million construction plan

As part of a $40.7 million construction package, the Augusta County Board of Supervisors authorized the building of two elementary schools and an expansion for a middle school.

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Wash. district to send $45 million bond to voters in February election

The Blaine School District is asking voters in February to approve a $45 million bond that would pay to renovate the high school and upgrade Blaine elementary and primary school buildings.

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Fort Mill schools propose $226 million bond referendum for new buildings

The South Carolina district's school officials will approach voters for permission to borrow more than $226 million over the next five years to build new facilities – including a new high school and a new middle school – and to renovate existing buildings.

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